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ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, On This Date At MinistryWatch.com

MinistryWatch 1000 Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $37-billion in total revenue, most of that donor revenue from evangelicals. The following ministries have their profiles updated with the most recent year’s financial data. The Financial Efficiency rating of each ministry is in parenthesis. If this rating represents a change from the previous year, that change is noted: Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 65), Jimmie Hale Mission (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 65 to 70), Life Centers (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 95), Lifechangers, Inc. / Bob Mumford (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), Lifeline Christian Mission (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), Lighthouse Outreach Center (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), Living Proof Ministries (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Living Waters Publications (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Louisiana Christian University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 70), Lutheran World Relief (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 75), Made to Flourish (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), MentorKids USA (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to C, DCS: 85), Mercy Community Healthcare (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Miami Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), Mission of Hope Ministries Inc.  (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), Moms In Prayer International (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Montana Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 75 to 80), MOPS International, Inc.  (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), Mustard Seed International (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), New Mission Systems International (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), North Greenville University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 70 to 85), Oral Roberts University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 80 to 85), Palmer Home for Children (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 70), Pause Ministries Inc.  (Down 4 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Phoenix Seminary (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Pioneer Clubs (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), Providence Ministries (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 60), Reaching Unreached Nations (Up 3 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 70), Save The Storks (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Shepherd Community Inc.  (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 65), Simpson University (Up 3 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 85 to 90), St. Mark’s School of Texas (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 45), The Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Urban Youth Impact (Up 1 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 85 to 90), Wall Watchers / MinistryWatch.com (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 75), Washington University of Virginia (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Wayside Christian Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 65), Wheeler Mission Ministries (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), Word Partners / Leadership Resources International (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80)

On the Podcast:  Mario Murillo, Amy Grant, and Ted Haggard.  On today’s program, prosperity gospel preacher and Donald Trump supporter Mario Murillo led a crusade in Colorado Springs.  We had a reporter on the scene.  Amy Grant will be one of the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year.  And we have an update on the story of the Family Research Council changing its status to an “association of churches.”  FRC President Tony Perkins reached out to us to explain why.  We begin today with news about a Colorado Springs pastor who has had his share of troubles before.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS:  NONE  REMOVALS:  CSI Ministries (Kokomo, Ind.), Streets Ministries (Memphis, Tenn.), Russian Leadership Ministries (Wheaton, Ill.), The Hope Center (Boone, N.C.), Global Fellowship (Meadow Vista, Calif.), Hope Faith Ministries (Kansas City, Mo.)

On This Date At MinistryWatch.com.  TWO YEARS AGO:  Gospel for Asia has filed for creditor protection in Canada, claiming fallout from the coronavirus and lawsuits in the United States and Canada have led to declining donations.  Read more here.  ONE YEAR AGO:  July 29, 2021: A federal judge has ordered Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts chain whose president is Museum of the Bible founder Steve Green, to forfeit an ancient tablet bearing a rare fragment of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Read more here.

Send Us Your News Tips.  Do you have a story idea for MinistryWatch?  If so, send us an email.  A lot of the stories we do originate from our readers and listeners.  They send us news tips, press releases, emails, questions, and links.  So, if you have a story you’d like us to cover, or a ministry that you think needs a closer look, please email us.  Our email is info@ministrywatch.com.  That will come directly to my desk, and we’ll take it from there.  

Salary Data Now In MinistryWatch Database.  We now have salary information for nearly 6,000 executives from more than half of the ministries in the MinistryWatch 1000 database.  So check out this new addition by clicking on the red button at the top of this page, or click here.  That takes you to our database.  The search engine is right there, and you can type in the name of a ministry you’re interested in and our profile will pop right up – now, with compensation information for the top executives.

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75 Red Flags.  MinistryWatch has released a new free booklet, “75 Red Flags To Consider Before Donating For A Christian Ministry.”  To read more, and to download your free, printable copy of the 18-page booklet, click here.

MinistryWatch Video.  A reminder that we have created a short (3.5 minutes) video that explains what we do here at MinistryWatch, and why.  If you’re new to MinistryWatch, I hope you’ll check it out.  To find it, click here.

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Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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