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Weekly Review

ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, Hillsong on the Podcast

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS:  Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City (Salt Lake City, Utah), Camp of Champions (Peoria, Ill.), Genesis Institute (Spokane, Wash.), Outreach to Asia Nationals (Winchester, Va.), God Centered Life Ministries (Wheaton, Ill.), Embrace Waiting Children (McKinney, Tex.)  REMOVALS:  XO Marriage (Dallas, Tex.), Global Connection International (Dacono, Colo.), Crossroads Church of Denver (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)

On the Podcast:  Brian Houston and Hillsong.  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 billboard featuring Donald Trump is facing charges of blasphemy, and the bankruptcy case against the Boy Scouts moves forward.  We begin today with news that Brian Houston, the founder of the Hillsong movement, has stepped down from the organization’s governing boards.  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 Brittany Smith and Natasha Smith.  They have a new book out called Unplanned Grace, which is a celebration of life, and of the Pregnancy Resource Center movement.  Listen here.

MinistryWatch Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has about 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $35-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: Arizona Christian University (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Bridgeport Rescue Mission (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Campbellsville University (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Citihope International (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Desert Christian Academy (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Durham Rescue Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Every Generation Ministries (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), FaithBridge Foster Care (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Giving Children Hope (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Holt International Children’s Services (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Las Vegas Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Lee University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Lima Rescue Mission (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Ministry Alliance / Marty Granger (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Peoria Rescue Ministries (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Rockford Rescue Mission (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Seattle Pacific University (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), The Woodlands Christian Academy (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Vanguard University of Southern California (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Westminster Rescue Mission (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D).

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The following ministries have been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data: ‘lolani School (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Berkeley Preparatory School (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: F), Black Diamond Camps (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Breck School (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Carolina Creek Christian Camp (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Eagle Village (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Friends Academy (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), George School (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: F), Groton School (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Group Cares (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Kent School Corporation (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Oregon Episcopal School (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: F), Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: F), St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), The Episcopal Academy (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), The Episcopal School of Dallas (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D), The Exodus Road Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Victory Junction Gang Camp (1 Star, 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.

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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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