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Database Changes Include: Inspiration Networks and Home School Legal Defense Association

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On the Podcast:  McLean Bible Church, Anglicans, and More.  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, a prominent Anglican bishop is forced to take a leave of absence for his handling of a sexual abuse case in his diocese.  We also have the story of McLean Bible Church in the Washington, D.C., area.  McLean Bible Church is one of the largest and most influential churches in the nation.  Because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., many government officials, Capitol Hill staffers, and thought leaders are members.  Its pastor, David Platt, was the youngest megachurch pastor in the country, when he led the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, more than a decade ago.  Today, he is a bestselling author and he came to McLean Bible Church from his role as president of Southern Baptist Convention’s International Missions Board.  But all is not well there now.  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:  Christian Veterinary Mission (Lynwood, Wash.), Hope Church EPC (Richmond, Va.), Youth for Christ/Tacoma Area (Tacoma, Wash.), New Hope Family Services (Syracuse, N.Y.), Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries (Greenwood, S.C.),    REMOVALS:  None.

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:  Antioch Network (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  D), Home School Legal Defense Association (Down 5 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), Inspiration Network/Inspiration Ministries (1 Star, Transparency Grade:  D), Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), Greater Europe Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C), Breath of Life (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  N/A), Georgia Right To Life (Up 2 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  D), Harding University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C), Haven Ministries (4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), Willow Creek Association (Down 2 Stars to 1, Transparency Grade:  C)

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These ministries have been added to the database: Agape International Missions (3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C), National Religious Broadcasters (4 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A)

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.