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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: Barnabas Aid / Barnabas Fund Inc (-2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 92), Orange County Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 92), Philly House pka Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 96), Alberto Mottesi Evangelistic Association, Inc.  (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Down 82 to 78), Axis (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Down 59 to 55), Bridges for Peace, Inc. / BFPUSA (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 59 to 67), Gospel Rescue Mission Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 92), Home of Grace (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 79 to 83), Montana Rescue Mission (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 77), Shelter For Life International Inc.  (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 96), Sunday Breakfast Mission (-2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 84 to 88)

On the Podcast:  Franklin Graham, Anglican Bishop Reinstated, Preventing Elder Fraud.  On today’s program, when the economy falters, we often see financial fraud emerge.  Today we have a couple of stories about financial fraud, and some advice about what you can do to prevent elder fraud.  Also on today’s program:  An Anglican bishop is returning from a voluntary leave of absence in the aftermath of a sex abuse and spiritual abuse scandal, and not everyone is happy about his return.  We begin today with the resolution of a two-year long dispute.  On Monday (October 24), a Scottish court ruled in favor of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in a lawsuit against Scottish Event Campus Limited, which canceled an evangelistic event at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow featuring Franklin Graham in 2020 on the grounds of Graham’s stated beliefs about human sexuality and Islam.  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:  Great Plains Christian Radio (Meade, Kans.), Harvest Media Ministry (Tucson, Ariz.), Mission Serve (Alpharetta, Ga.), Kalamazoo Area Christian Retirement Association (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

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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.

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.

On This Date At MinistryWatch.com

ONE YEAR AGO:  Hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni of Sewanee, University of the South, a private Episcopal institution in Tennessee commonly known as Sewanee, have signed a petition calling for the school to revoke an honorary degree it gave to evangelical radio host and author Eric Metaxas, citing comments he allegedly made regarding LGBTQ issues and the 2020 election.  Read more here.

TWO YEARS AGO:  Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell announced that he is suing Liberty University, saying the school damaged his reputation after his resignation from the school.  Read more here.  

THREE YEARS AGO:  James MacDonald “biblically disqualified” to be elder at Harvest Bible Chapel.  Read more here.

NINE YEARS AGO:  On Nov. 2, 2013, MinistryWatch published a “Donor Alert” regarding Elevation Church and Steven Furtick.  Read that story here.  MinistryWatch has published other stories on Furtick and Elevation Church over the years.  You can find them here.

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.