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Waterstone and Worldwide Discipleship Association see rating drops, Colson Center and David C. Cook among those rising

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MinistryWatch Database Changes

MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $44-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:

Cadence International (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 100)

Christian Community Foundation, dba WaterStone (Down 4 to 1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 94 to 84)

Compassion International, Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C, DCS: Down 97 to 72)

David C. Cook (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 87 to 97)

Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS) (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 84 to 74)

Forge (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 94)

Mission Arlington / Mission Metroplex (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 84)

Student Mobilization, Inc.  (From 5 to N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to C, DCS: Down 62 to 52)

The Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 87 to 97)

Worldwide Discipleship Association, Inc.  (Down 5 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 90)

Youth Dynamics (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 90 to 100)

The following ministry has been added to the MinistryWatch database with the most recent year’s financial data:

Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation / The Generosity Trust (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A)

Christian Community Foundation Of Memphis And The Mid South Inc (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A)

National Christian Charitable Foundation Inc (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: N/A)

National Christian Foundation Real Property Inc.  (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: N/A, DCS: N/A)

The Movement Foundation Inc.  (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: N/A)

The Signatry Charitable Trust (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: N/A)

On The MinistryWatch Podcast

American Bible Society Pivots, Trinity International University Cuts Programs, and Turning Point USA Holds Event

On today’s program, the American Bible Society is closing its state-of-the-art museum in Philadelphia…after spending nearly $100 million on it over the past decade. We’ll have details. Also, Texas church members support wildfire relief efforts—while also suffering losses of their own. We’ll take a look.  And Trinity International University is cutting programs and changing leadership in hopes of righting a sinking ship.

But first, we revisit Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Last week, we shared about a conference the church hosted for ministry in partnership with Turning Point USA Faith. This time, the two partnered again…for an event of a different kind.  

Listen here.

ECFA Changes

The following organizations have had membership status changes in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. 



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MinistryWatch In The News. MinistryWatch President Warren Smith was quoted this week in an article about Sen. James Lankford (R.-Okla.). The article appeared in “Christianity Today”, and you can read it here. MinistryWatch is often called upon by Christian and secular media to comment on what is going on in the evangelical world. You can find some of these news reports here.

Salary Data Now In MinistryWatch Database.  We now have salary information for 4,000 executives 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.

If you’d like to see who the highest paid executives are, take a look at our recently published lists of Highly Paid Ministry Executives and Highly Paid Christian College and University Executives.

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 before, but we’ve added a few new ministries recently.

Israel Giving. We have compiled a list of ministries working in Israel that we recommend.  You will also find some ministries working there that we do NOT recommend. You can find the list here.

Drop A Dime On Us.  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.

MinistryWatch and Sex Crimes. We write a lot about pastors and ministry leaders involved in sex crimes. That’s why I thought it might be a good time to re-post this story, which explains why we think covering these crimes are necessary:  Why MinistryWatch Reports on Sex Crimes.  As always, your feedback is welcome.

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.