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ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, Scouts and MacArthur on the Podcast, Del Tackett Has New Project

On the Podcast:  Boy Scouts, John MacArthur.  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, United Methodists are cutting their ties with the Boy Scouts, and Christian ministries are responding to disasters on the Gulf Coast, in Tennessee, and in Afghanistan.  We’ll have updates.  We begin today with a victory for religious liberty by John MacArthur’s church in California.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

MinistryWatch EXTRA Episode.  This week’s EXTRA episode on the podcast features Dr. Del Tackett.  Tackett created The Truth Project, which has been seen by more than 20-million people, and introduced many to the concept of a Christian Worldview.  He is now working on The Engagement Project.  We discuss his new work, and also talk about the crisis in leadership in Christian ministry – and what we can do about it.  Listen here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: Capital City Rescue Mission (Albany, N.Y.) REMOVALS:  Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (Birmingham, Ala.), Reclaiming Hearts Ministries (Franklin, Tenn.), Kidz at Heart International (Mesa, Ariz.), Evergreen Family Friendship Service (Colorado Springs, Colo.), The Last Well (Rockwall, Tex.), Restoration House Ministries (Manchester, N.H.), Bella Women’s Center (Warren, Ohio)

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has financial and other information for nearly 1000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $37-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: International Cooperating Ministries (3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  A), His Mansion Ministries (Down from 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C),  India National Inland Mission (Down from 5 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade Down From A to C), International Students (2 Stars, Transparency Grade:  C)

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The following ministries have been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: Help the Persecuted (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Louisiana College (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C)

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.

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.

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.