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ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, What’s on the Podcast? On This Date at MinistryWatch

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ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: Score International (Chattanooga, Tenn.), club 1040 (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Bethel Agricultural Association (Wooster, Ohio), Purpose Founder (Tempe, Ariz.), Long View Ranch (Mosheim, Tenn.), New Heights Middle East (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Prestige Learning Institute (Houston, Tex.).  REMOVALS:  Westmont College (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

On the Podcast:  On today’s program, Open Doors USA is changing its name and its focus.  We’ll have details.  Plus, the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention rolls out an accreditation program designed to help ministries protect children.  And it’s a new year, and MinistryWatch has published its annual list of Highly Paid Ministry Executives.  We’ll have a preview of the list later in the program.  We begin today with more news about the slow-moving breakup of the United Methodist Church. You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

How To Read A Form 990.  This webinar has proven so popular that we’ve repeated it three or four times over the past two years.  And we’re going to do it again.  It will take place on Feb. 1 at 4 pm ET.  It’s absolutely free, but you do need to register to get all the links and details.  To register, click here.

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MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $38-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: Alfalit International, Inc.   (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 82), Children of Promise International (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 96 to 92), China Outreach Ministries, Inc.  (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 86), Cross-Generation dba Connected Families 4( Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 88 to 96), Evangel Home (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 82 to 86), Grant County Rescue Mission (-2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Down 69 to 65), Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Down 75 to 71), LATCOM (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 88 to 84), Not For Sale (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 63 to 67), Pilgrim Africa (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 79), Shelter For Life International Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 96), Tech Team Advantage (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 75 to 79), Zoe Empowers (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 82). The following ministry has been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: Baptist Children’s Home / BCH Inc (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: N/A), World Mission, Inc.  (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: N/A)

Salary Data Now In MinistryWatch Database.  We now have salary information for 4,000 executives in our database posted in our profiles. So check out this new addition by clicking on the red button at the top of this page, or 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.

If you’d like to see who the highest paid executives are, take a look at our recently published lists of Highly Paid Ministry Executives and Highly Paid Christian College and University Executives.

Audio Version of Faith-Based Fraud Now Available. Thanks to those of you who made my new book Faith-Based Fraud a best-seller in several Amazon categories this week.  It’s now available in paperback and e-book versions.  To get your copy, click here.  This week, the new audio version released.  You can get that from Audible by clicking here.

MinistryWatch Video.  In closing, a reminder that we have created a new, 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.  ONE YEAR AGO:  Tennessee megachurch pastor Tavner Smith said he is taking a month’s sabbatical to “spend some time with God” and get counseling after several staff members quit his church amid allegations he was having an affair with an employee.  Read more here.  THREE YEARS AGO:  On Jan. 2, 2020, MinistryWatch published its first article on Preemptive Love Coalition.  This week, the organization severed ties with its founder Jeremy Courtney.  Read our coverage here.  NINE YEARS AGO:  On this Jan. 2, 2014, MinistryWatch reported that two Christian publishers had begun investigating charges of plagiarism against pastor Mark Driscoll.  Read more 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.