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ECFA Membership Changes, MinistryWatch Database Changes, On This Date in MinistryWatch

On the Podcast:  Christianity Today Harassment Report, More from Ukraine, and What Happens To Old Churches?  On today’s program, we discuss what happens to a church’s building when the church itself shuts down.  More from Ukraine, of course.  And we’re seeing some dramatic shifts in the fundraising environment.  I’ll have details.  We begin today with news that the former editor of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, has been accused of sexual harassment.  You can hear the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps, or you can simply click here.

A Guide To Giving For Disaster Relief.  When disaster hits, Christians give.  But where they give can make a big difference?  Which organizations are most effective in these post-disaster situations?  MinistryWatch has published a list of organizations that are doing relief work and which have an “A” Transparency Grade and a 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating for Financial Efficiency.  It’s a list of about 30 ministries, and you can find it on the front page of our website.  I’ll also include a link in the show notes to this program.  Link to list HERE.

Ukraine Giving.  If you want to give specifically to ministries working in and near Ukraine, click here.  We posted this link last week, but we’ve added a few new ministries since then.

ECFA Changes.  The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ADDITIONS:  His Branches (Rochester, N.Y.), Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries (Fort Wayne, Ind.)  REMOVALS: None

MinistryWatch 1000 Database Changes.  MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $36.4-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: Coalition for Christian Outreach / CCO (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Compassion International, Inc.  (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85), Crista Ministries (Dow 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80 to  75), GO InterNational (Down 3 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: N/A), Hermano Pablo Ministries (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: From D to C, DCS: N/A), India National Inland Mission (Up 3 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Messenger International (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 25 to 30), Sunrise Children’s Services (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 70), WaterStone Support Foundation, Inc.  (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), Eternal Perspective Ministries / Randy Alcorn (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A), Family Life Communications Inc. (previously Family Life Broadcasting System) (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80), Freedom in Christ Ministries (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Global Advance, Inc.  (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 80 to 85), Glory of Zion International Ministries (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A), International Needs formerly IN Network USA (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), JAARS (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90), John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: N/A), Launch Global (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 95), Mission to the World, PCA (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 50 to 70), OC International, Inc.  (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 75 to 70), Thru the Bible Radio Network (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 80), Vision New England (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A), YUGO Ministries (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 85)

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Send Us Your News Tips.  Do you have a story idea for MinistryWatch?  If so, send us an email.  A lot of the stories we do originate from our readers and listeners.  They send us news tips, press releases, emails, questions, and links.  So, if you have a story you’d like us to cover, or a ministry that you think needs a closer look, please email us.  Our email is [email protected].  That will come directly to my desk, and we’ll take it from there.  

Salary Data Now In MinistryWatch Database.  We now have salary information for nearly 5,000 executives from more than half of the ministries in the MinistryWatch 1000 database.  So check out this new addition by clicking on the red button at the top of this page, or click 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.

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.  

75 Red Flags.  MinistryWatch has released a new free booklet, “75 Red Flags To Consider Before Donating For A Christian Ministry.”  To read more, and to download your free, printable copy of the 18-page booklet, click here.

MinistryWatch Video.  A reminder that we have created a 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 at MinistryWatch.  TWO YEARS AGO:  On March 20, 2020, MinistryWatch reported that James MacDonald, though “disqualified” from ministry, had returned to the pulpit.  Read more here.  ONE YEAR AGO:  After nearly a year of controversy, conservative activist Charlie Kirk left Liberty University’s Falkirk Center.  Read more 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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