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Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Lila Rose and Live Action, Denison Forum’s Jim Denison, and Charting a Course for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

In The Ministry Spotlight:  Live Action.  It’s a new year, and we have a new weekly feature on the MinistryWatch website.  Beginning this month, we will spotlight a Christian ministry each week by posting their financial other information in an easy-to-read format on the front page of the MinistryWatch website.  This week it’s Live Action, led by Lila Rose.  We started this new weekly column because with 750 ministries in our database, it’s easy to get lost.  We want these Ministry Spotlights to be a guide, to make our database a bit less intimidating to MinistryWatch users.  Rod Pitzer, who was on the MinistryWatch staff for many years, is compiling these Ministry Spotlights for us.  Rod is a Certified Fraud Examiner and an experienced hand with our database, and I’m pleased to have him back on our team in this role.  Read this week’s Ministry Spotlight, click here.

On Today’s MinistryWatch Podcast.  Each week, MinistryWatch brings you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.  On today’s program, so-called modern-day prophets are coming under scrutiny for their false prophesies concerning the recent presidential election.  The mobile hospital of Samaritan’s Purse is saving lives all over the country.  And MinistryWatch President Warren Smith prescribes a way back for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which has been rocked by recent troubles.  We begin today with the World Watch List from Open Doors of countries who are the worst when it comes to the persecution of Christians.  North Korea tops the list for the 20th straight year.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

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MinistryWatch Extra with Jim Denison.  Today, we have on the program, Jim Denison. Jim is the founder of The Denison Forum, which in the past few years has emerged as one of the leading Christian worldview voices on radio and the Internet. We’ve had Jim on the podcast before and I wanted to bring him back to discuss the events of the past week in Washington and to ask how Christians should respond.  You can hear that conversation here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: Restoration House Ministries (Manchester, N.H.), Take Heart (Old Bethpage, N.Y.), Union Gospel Mission of Dallas (Dallas, Tex.), Tyndale Bible Translators (Everson, Wash.), Harvesters Ministries (Ft. Mill, S.C.), Sacramento Camp and Conference Center (Sacramento, N.M.)  REMOVALS:  Monadnock Christian Conference Center (Jaffrey, N.H.), Carroll Roberson Ministries (Ripley, Miss.), Mission Norman (Norman, Okla.), Evangel Ministries (Detroit, Mich.), Adult Christian Education Foundation (Madison, Wisc.), Glorieta 2.0 (Glorieta, N.M.), MARKINC Ministries (Bear, Del.),

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 750 ministries in its database.  These ministries represent more than $30-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:  Winston-Salem Rescue Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), Cherry Street Mission Ministries (3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), World Mission Prayer League (3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C), Wycliffe Bible Translators (2 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), Thru The Bible Radio Network (4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C)

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.