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Updated financial data for Denison Forum, Stand To Reason, Salvation Army, and many more

Warren Cole Smith

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, we take a look at the cottage industry that has grown up to fight sex trafficking.  Anti-sex trafficking organizations raise more than $100-million a year in the US.  Where does all that money go?  Plus, Kanakuk Ministries demands that MinistryWatch retract three stories we wrote about them.  I’ll share our response at the end of the program.  We begin today with more shake-ups at Liberty University.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

On-Line Training For Ministry Leaders.  Thanks to a partnership with Dunham + Co., MinistryWatch is now able to offer on-line training “short courses” in such topics as change management, fundraising, social media, and the use of cryptocurrencies such as BitCoin.   To read more about these courses, click here.

Podcast Extra:  WORLD Magazine’s Michael Reneau.  Regular listeners to the program know that our midweek “MinistryWatch Extra” episodes are a chance for us to “go deep” with some of our editorial partners.  This week we welcome back to the program WORLD’s Editor Michael Reneau.  You can hear our conversation by clicking here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: The Enlighten Foundation (Denver, Colo.), Extollo International (Pleasanton, Calif.), City on a Hill (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Kalamazoo Youth for Christ (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Hand2Hand (Hudsonville, Mich.), North Greenville University (Tigerville, S.C.), Youth for Christ Southwest Michigan (Sturgis, Mich.), Vineyard USA (Stafford, Tex.)  REMOVALS:  None

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MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 850 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: Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Endurance with Jan & Dave Dravecky (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Eternal Perspective Ministries / Randy Alcorn (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Ministry Alliance / Marty Granger (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Christophers, Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Navigators (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Salvation Army USA / National Headquarters (From N/A to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), United Methodist Agency for the Retarded (UMAR) (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: D), Advent Christian Village (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Berean Bible Society (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: D), Covenant House (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Denison Forum / Denison Ministries (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Good News (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Lifeline Children’s Services, Inc.  (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Lydia Home Association (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), North Greenville University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Olive Crest (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Sports World Ministries, Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to D), Stand to Reason / STR / Greg Koukl (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Total Living Network / TLN / Jerry Rose (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Victorious Christian Living International, Inc. / VCL (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to D), Vineyard USA (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to A)

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.

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.  Because MinistryWatch is also increasing our coverage of the anti-sex trafficking industry, we are featuring this week the largest organization in that ministry sector, International Justice Mission.  To read this week’s Ministry Spotlight, click here.

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Warren Cole Smith
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.

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