ECFA Member Changes, On This Date at MinistryWatch, MinistryWatch 1000 Database Changes
The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
On This Date at MinistryWatch
ONE YEAR AGO: The Scottish venue that cancelled an evangelistic event by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will pay more than $100 thousand for violating the UK’s Equality Act. Read more here.
TWO YEARS AGO: A group of Liberty University students and alumni plans to hold a prayer rally on the school’s campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, Nov. 4, 2021, calling for an independent, third-party investigation of Liberty’s handling of sexual assault and harassment cases. Read more here.
THREE YEARS AGO: Indian tax authorities raided the offices of Gospel for Asia. They seized more than $800-thousand in cash, plus records and other assets. Read our story here.
FOUR YEARS AGO: MinistryWatch published an interview with Boz Tchividjian, the founder of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). You can read that interview here.
On The MinistryWatch Podcast
Korean Churches Leave UMC, Former SBC Seminary President Threatens Lawsuit, and Trump Attorney and “Christian Lawyer” Jenna Ellis Pleads Guilty
On today’s program, Christian attorney Jenna Ellis pleads guilty for her role in attempting to overturn election results in Georgia in 2020. We’ll have details. Also, Korean churches are leaving the United Methodist Church—but not without difficulty. And a Texas seminary has big changes ahead…we’ll share more later in the program.
We begin today with news that the former president of Southwestern Theological Seminary Adam Greenway is threatening the school with a $5 million lawsuit. Adam Greenway, who resigned as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in September 2022, is reportedly threatening to sue the Texas-based institution for $5 million. According to The Tennessean, Greenway’s attorney, Andrew Jones, sent a demand letter to the seminary last month, claiming that SWBTS damaged Greenway’s reputation and his ability to seek further employment. Listen here.
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MinistryWatch Database Changes
MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $41-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:
American Bible Society / ABS (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 78 to 82)
Asbury University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 73 to 77)
Belhaven University (1 Star, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Down 65 to 61)
Bethel University – Indiana (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 63 to 67)
Christian Solidarity International (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 59 to 67)
Columbia International University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 82 to 86)
Elim Christian Services (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 90 to 86)
Erskine College (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 65 to 69)
Evangelical Christian School of Memphis (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 96)
Faulkner University (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 63)
Fuller Theological Seminary (1 Star, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 73 to 77)
Kentucky Mountain Bible College (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90)
King University (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Down 69 to 65)
LeTourneau University (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 86 to 90)
Louisiana Christian University (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 65)
Montreat College (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 73 to 77)
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Down 67 to 63)
Museum of the Bible (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 70 to 66)
North Greenville University (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 78 to 82)
North Park University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 63 to 67)
Oklahoma Christian University (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 69 to 73)
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 92)
The City School (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 86 to 82)
The Veritas Forum (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 96 to 92)
Trinity Broadcasting Network / TBN (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 19 to 23)
Trinity Christian Academy – Addison, TX (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 88 to 84)
Trinity International University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 73 to 77)
Water Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 96 to 100)
William Jessup University (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 96 to 92)
The following ministry has been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data:
Cairn University (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 77)
MinistryWatch and Sex Crimes. We write a lot about pastors and ministry leaders involved in sex crimes. That’s why I thought it might be a good time to re-post this story, which explains why we think covering these crimes are necessary: Why MinistryWatch Reports on Sex Crimes. As always, your feedback is welcome.
Drop A Dime On Us. 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 [email protected]. 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 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.
A Guide To Giving For Disaster Relief. When disaster hits, Christians give. But where they give can make a big difference? Which organizations are most effective in these post-disaster situations? MinistryWatch has published a list of organizations that are doing relief work and which have an “A” Transparency Grade and a 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating for Financial Efficiency. It’s a list of about 30 ministries, and you can find it on the front page of our website. I’ll also include a link in the show notes to this program. Link to list HERE.
Israel Giving. We have compiled a list of ministries working in Israel that we recommend. You will also find some ministries working there that we do NOT recommend. You can find the list here.
Ukraine Giving. If you want to give specifically to ministries working in and near Ukraine, click here. We posted this link before, but we’ve added a few new ministries recently.
Maui Giving. If you want to give specifically to ministries working to provide relief in Maui, click here.
MinistryWatch In The News. MinistryWatch is often called upon by Christian and secular media to comment on what is going on in the evangelical world. You can find some of these news reports here.