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Brant Hansen on the Podcast, MinistryWatch “Explainer” Video, and Changes to the MinistryWatch and ECFA Databases

New MinistryWatch Video.  Before we dive into a review of this week’s content on the MinistryWatch site, I want to share with you that we have created a new, short (3.5 minutes) video that explains what we do here at MinistryWatch, and why.  If you’re new to MinistryWatch, I hope you’ll check it out.  To find it, 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, more from Orlando radio station WPOZ – Z88.  Troubles there are causing many in the Christian radio industry to look in the mirror.  And is prosperity gospel preacher Andrew Wommack trying to take over a Colorado town?  We begin today with big news about Russell Moore. He is resigning as president of his denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.  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:  Fresno Christian Schools (Fresno, Calif.),

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MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 900 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $34-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: 4KIDS of South Florida (From N/A to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C), Capital City Rescue Mission (From N/A to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Covenant Theological Seminary (From N/A to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C), Kairos Prison Ministry International (From N/A to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Life Pacific University (From N/A to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Market Street Mission (From N/A to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Mennonite Brethren Foundation (From N/A to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), BEE World (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Bethesda Mission (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Billy Graham Evangelistic Association / BGEA / Franklin Graham (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Cedarville University (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Charlotte Rescue Mission (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Christ for India (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Grant County Rescue Mission (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Holston United Methodist Home for Children (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), InterFACE Ministries, Inc. / IFACE (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Jews for Jesus (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: C), Key Life Network, Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Living Proof Ministries (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Open Air Campaigners US Incorporated (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Pacific Island Ministries, Inc.  (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Palm Beach Atlantic University (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Thru the Bible Radio Network (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C)

Podcast Extra:  Syndicated Radio Host Brant Hansen.  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 I’m delighted to have on the program Brant Hansen.  I wanted to have Brant on the program because we’ve been writing about Christian radio here at MinistryWatch.  In particular, we’ve been writing a series of stories about radio station WPOZ in Orlando.  A lot of current and former employees have reached out to MinistryWatch with stories of bullying and a toxic work environment.  Those stories have helped generate an online conversation in the Christian radio industry, and Brant Hansen has been a part of that conversation.  He’s written two stories that address workplace abuse and toxic culture in the Christian radio industry, and I wanted to have him on the program to share his experiences.  Brant Hansen is a syndicated radio host heard nationwide on more than 200 radio stations.  His work has been featured in CNN, The Washington Post, Relevant Magazine, and US News and World Report.  In 2008 and 2011, he was named Christian Broadcaster of the Year.  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 look at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) began in 1963 to defend human dignity and to advocate for a world free from sexual exploitation, objectification, and violence.  NCOSE maximizes public policy activism to combat corporate and government policies that foster exploitation.  In addition, NCOSE advocates for survivors in litigation against mega corporations, intervenes in key, precedent setting cases and speaks up in state and federal legislatures to impact policy for those who have no voice.  The National Center on Sexual Exploitation aims to empower citizens to improve their states and communities through model legislation on issues like pornography, illicit massage parlors, combating the demand for sex trafficking and prostitution. To take a look at the mission and financials of NCOSE, 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.

Faith-Based Fraud Now On Sale.  Thanks to those of you who made my new book Faith-Based Fraud a best-seller in several Amazon categories this week.  It’s now available in paperback and e-book versions.  We will have audio and hardback coming soon.  To get your copy, 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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