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Weekly Review

Updated financial data for Home School Legal Defense Association, Evangelism Explosion, many more.

Warren Cole Smith

Salary Data Now In MinistryWatch Database. We now have salary information for 3,000 executives from about 500 of the 850 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.

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:  A Discussion of Faith-Based Fraud.  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 feature a conversation I did with the Pilgrim Radio Network about my new book Faith-Based Fraud.  We also discuss why and how MinistryWatch does what it does.  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: None REMOVALS:  Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.), Friends of Refugees (Clarkston, Ga.), I Am Ministries (Vero Beach, Fla.)

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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: Amazima Ministries International (Down 2 to 1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Renewal Ministries, Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Far Corners Missions (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Gateway Rescue Mission (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Ministry Essentials International (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Mission to the World, PCA (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to C), Reciprocal Ministries International, Inc. / RMI (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Tentmakers (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), African Enterprise (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Back2Back Ministries (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), BEE World (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), China Ministries International (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian City, Inc.  (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Cornerstone University (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Evangelism Explosion International (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Fresno Pacific University (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Garden Gate Ranch (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Harvest Evangelism / Ed Silvoso (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Home School Legal Defense Association (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Houston Baptist University (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Iris Global (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Oral Roberts University (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Samford University (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Tech Team Advantage (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), The King’s College (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Rescue Mission, Fort Wayne (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A). The following ministries have been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: The Master’s University and Seminary (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), The Mentoring Alliance (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), The Timothy Initiative (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Toccoa Falls College (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Town and Country Manor (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), University of the Nations Kona (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Urban Impact Foundation (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Washington City Mission (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A)

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 feature Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).  This Christian legal defense organization argued a case before the Supreme Court this week, and it continues to grow, having taken in more than $60-million last year.  You take a look at the mission and financials of Alliance Defending Freedom, 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, we take another look at the claims of the bible translation organization Wycliffe Associates.  And John Ortberg’s former church, Menlo Church in Menlo Park California, has yet more troubles.  We begin today with a story from the United Methodist Church, which has been in turmoil for the last few years over doctrinal and other issues.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply 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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