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California Baptist University rises and David C. Cook drops in financial efficiency

Happy Birthday, John Calvin.  Before we get started, just a quick note that the seminal Reformation leader John Calvin was born on this date in 1509.  Calvin, in addition to his many other talents, was a journalist who wrote for the then new and leading-edge periodicals of his day.  (The printing press had been invented just decades earlier, around 1450.)

Boy Scouts and Kanakuk On The 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 troubles with the Boy Scouts, and that trouble could create a financial liability for the churches that host Scout troops and Cub Packs.  And the Southern Baptists aren’t the only denominations having meetings this summer.  We begin today with more news related to Kanakuk camps, the prestigious Christian camps in Missouri.  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: The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.), Orphan Care Alliance (Louisville, Ky.), Voice of Juda Israel (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), Run Global (Worthington, Ohio), Global Outreach (Oranch Beach, Ala.), South Bay Teen Challenge (San Jose, Calif.), Greater Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Suncoast Youth for Christ (Bradenton, Fla.)  REMOVALS:  Narrow Gate Foundation (Duck River, Tenn.)

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 950 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: California Baptist University (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Calvary University (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Campbell University (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Carriage Town Ministries (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Cedarville University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Central Union Mission (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Charleston Southern University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Charlotte Rescue Mission (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Cherry Street Mission Ministries (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Children’s Shelter of Cebu (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Chinese Christian Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Choice Books of Northern Virginia (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Blind Mission/ CBM (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian City, Inc.  (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Community Action (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Community Foundation, sba WaterStone (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Family Care Agency (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship / CHIEF (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Christian Motorcyclists Association (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Union (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christianity Today International (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), City Mission of Findlay (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), City Mission of Schenectady (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), CityGate Network / Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Clarks Summit University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), College of the Ozarks (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Colorado Christian University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Colorado Springs Christian Schools (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Columbia International University (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Concordia University – Mequon, WI (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Concordia University – Seward, NE (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Cookson Hills Christian School (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Corban University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Coreluv International (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Cornerstone Assistance Network (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Corporate Chaplains of America (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Covenant College (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Crisis Aid International (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Cross International (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Dallas Baptist University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Dallas Theological Seminary (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), David C. Cook (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Deaf Bible Society (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Delaware County Christian School Society (1 Star, Transparency Grade: A), Denver Rescue Mission (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Dordt University (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Doulos Ministries, Inc. dba Shelterwood (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Downtown Rescue Mission Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A).

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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.

Audio Version of Faith-Based Fraud Now Available. 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.  To get your copy, click here.  This week, the new audio version released.  You can get that from Audible by clicking here.  I also want to let you know that I was a guest on the podcast and YouTube program “William Ramsey Investigates.”  You can watch that interview here.

New MinistryWatch Video.  In closing, a reminder 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.

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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.

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