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ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, Mark Hancock of TrailLife USA on the Podcast

Faith-Based Fraud.  I want to let everyone know that we have a limited supply of hardback copies of Faith-Based Fraud.  We’re offering these books for a gift of any size as our thank you gift to anyone who makes a donation by the end of October.  So that’s just the next few days.  And if you’re one of the first 100 who respond, you’ll get an autographed copy.  So if you haven’t gotten your copy of Faith-Based Fraud, or if you want a special hardback copy for your bookshelf or for a gift, click here.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS: None REMOVALS:  None

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,  Ravi Zacharias’s daughter forms a new ministry, but some former staff members and donors have concerns.  And TD Jakes is doing a big real estate deal in Atlanta.  We begin today with the latest chapter in the continuing saga at Liberty University.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

MinistryWatch EXTRA Episode:  Mark Hancock of TrailLife USA.  this week I want to take a deep dive into Christian higher education, because of both its pivotal role in the culture, and because Christian colleges are among the largest Christian ministries in the country.  Today, we have on the program Mark Hancock, the CEO of Trail Life USA.  Mark began his career founding an advertising agency that grew to national prominence over fifteen years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a Youth and College Pastor, Associate Pastor, Homeless Ministry Director, and Global Event Director for an international ministry, organizing events on five continents. Listen here.

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MinistryWatch Database Changes.  The MinistryWatch 1000 tracks the 1000 largest Christian ministries in the country.  These ministries represent more than $35-billion in total revenue.  Most of that donor revenue comes 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: Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International / BMDMI (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Children’s Medical Ministries (CMM) (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Christian Military Fellowship / CMF (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), AIMS : Acceleration in Mission Strategies (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Boston Rescue Mission (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Breakthrough, Inc.  (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), By The Hand Club For Kids (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), China Ministries International (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Christian Relief Services Charities (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Destiny Rescue USA (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Family Matters, Inc. / Grace Based Families (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Far East Broadcasting Company, Inc.  (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Galcom International USA (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C), Global Recordings Network (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Global Scholars / fka International Institute For Christian Studies (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Grand Canyon University (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to C), Harvest USA (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to A), Holston United Methodist Home for Children (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Home of Grace (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to C), Indiana Wesleyan University (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C), Iris Global (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Mission on the Move (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Olympia Union Gospel Mission (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Rafiki Foundation (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Romanian Missionary Society (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Shepherds Baptist Ministries, Inc. / Shepherds College (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Inc.  (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: D), Washington City Mission (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), World Vision, Inc. US (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A), YUGO Ministries (Up 3 to 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.

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.

On This Date. The theologian, educator, politician, and journalist Abraham Kuyper was born on this date in 1837.  On this date last year, MinistryWatch reported that Jerry Falwell, Jr. had sued Liberty University over his firing, saying that the school had damaged his reputation.  Read that story here.  Six weeks later, Falwell dropped the suit.  You can read that story 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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