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Josh Duggar, Bethany Christian Services, Donor-Advised Funds, and Stephen Mansfield on the “Billy Graham Rule”

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, reality TV star and former evangelical ministry leader Josh Duggar is arrested on child pornography chargers.  The latest in the ongoing Jerry Falwell Jr. saga, and news about Donor Advised Funds that you should know – even if you’ve never heard of them before.  We begin today with news that Bethany Christian Services has left the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: None REMOVALS:  Bethany Christian Services (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 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: American Leprosy Missions, Inc.  (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Bible Study Fellowship / BSF (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Biblica / International Bible Society (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Billy Graham Evangelistic Association / BGEA / Franklin Graham (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), All God’s Children International  (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Andrew Wommack Ministries (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Back2Back Ministries (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Bair Lake Bible Camp (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Bethany Christian Services (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C), Bethel University – Minnesota (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Catholic Relief Services (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Covenant House (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Denison Forum / Denison Ministries (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), DOOR International (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Faith Broadcasting, Inc.  (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Good News (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Grace to You / John MacArthur (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Grant County Rescue Mission (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Iris Global (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Palmer Home for Children (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), The Embassy Center Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), The King’s College (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Wheeler Mission Ministries (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. / WBT (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A). The following ministries have been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: Atlantic Gateway Communications Inc. (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Community Foundation, dba WaterStone (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Outreach Aid to the Americas / ECHOCuba (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Water Street Ministries (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), WaterStone Support Foundation Inc (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Watoto Child Care Ministries (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Westminster Theological Seminary (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), White’s Residential and Family Services (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), William Jessup University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A)

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Podcast Extra:  Stephen Mansfield on “The Billy Graham Rule.”  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, or to talk with thought leaders about important topics.  This week we talk about integrity and “The Billy Graham Rule” with historian and leadership expert Stephen Mansfield.  You can hear our conversation by clicking here.

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 The Samaritan Women.  It’s a part of our ongoing commitment to cover the sex trafficking industry.  To take a look at the mission and financials of The Samaritan Women, click here.

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.

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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