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Habitat for Humanity in the MinistryWatch Spotlight, ECFA President Michael Martin on the podcast

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In The Ministry Spotlight.  Each week, MinistryWatch selects a ministry from our database to spotlight.  We do this so you can see some of the powerful information we have in our database, information we hope will inform your giving decisions.  This week we shine our spotlight on Habitat for Humanity, which just topped $300-million in revenue for the first time last year.  Rod Pitzer, who was on the MinistryWatch staff for many years, is compiling these Ministry Spotlights for us. 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.  On today’s program, LGBTQ activists object to evangelical pastor Max Lucado’s sermon at the National Cathedral.  And pastors are caught up in a child porn sting operation in Florida.  We begin today with the story of well-known radio personality Eric Metaxas, who was named this week in a defamation lawsuit.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

The ECFA’s Michael Martin On The “Extra” Podcast.  Michael Martin became the president of the ECFA in 2020, after serving nine years on the ECFA staff, including a tenure as Executive Vice President.  He is both a lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant, and since 2013 he has been co-author of the annual Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide and the Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide.  You can hear our conversation by clicking here.

Salary Data In MinistryWatch Database. We now have salary information for 3,000 executives from about 500 of the 800 ministries 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.

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ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: CareNet Pregnancy Center of the EUP (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Salina Rescue Mission (Salina, Kans.), Elam Ministries (Alpharetta, Ga.), Alpha International Ministries (Greensboro, N.C.), TFC Global (Marietta, Pa.)  REMOVALS:  None

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has nearly 800 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: Mission Training International, Inc. / MTI (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), ReFrame Ministries / Back to God Ministries International (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Back to the Bible / Good News Broadcasting Association (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), King University (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Mississippi College (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Ohio Christian University (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Preemptive Love Coalition (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Ron Hutchcraft Ministries / RHM (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Salina Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Save the Storks (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Voice of the Martyrs / VOM (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C). The following ministries have been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: AGAPE Network (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Alaska Christian College (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Alpha USA (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Amazima Ministries International (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Arizona Christian University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Asbury Theological Seminary (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Charity: Water (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Christian Solidarity International (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D).

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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.