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BCM International, Bridges For Peace see ratings rise

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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:

BCM International (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 36 to 59)

Bridges for Peace, Inc. / BFPUSA (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 59 to 62)

Center for Arizona Policy (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 87 to 90)

Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc.  (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to D, DCS: 59)

Elna M. Smith Foundation / The Great Passion Play (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 71 to 87)

Equipping Leaders International (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 94 to 97)

Family Connections Christian Adoptions (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 94 to 91)

Forge (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 94 to 100)

Frontier Alliance International Inc.  (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 47 to 57)

Gateway Rescue Mission  (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 80 to 90)

Go To Nations (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 49 to 52)

Grace to You (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From C to D, DCS: 56)

Life Legal Defense Foundation (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 91 to 94)

Memphis Union Mission (1 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 84 to 87)

Mission Quest (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 97 to 100)

Modern Day Missions (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to D, DCS: 84)

Sozo Children  (2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 67 to 80)

The Exodus Road ( 3Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: Up 79 to 82)

Uncharted Ministries (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 94 to 97)

On The MinistryWatch Podcast

Assemblies Of God Sued Over Chi Alpha Oversight, Following The Humanitarian Aid Money, and Compassion International Is “Association of Churches”

On today’s program, another person has sued the Assemblies of God and the denomination’s college ministry Chi Alpha. The victim, who is blind, claims he was sexually abused by one of the Chi Alpha leaders over the span of five years. We’ll have details.

Also, Christians are often among the first to give to humanitarian aid nonprofits when a crisis hits—but where does the money go? We talked with some of the biggest ministries, like Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision, to find out.

And, Compassion International reclassified itself as an association of churches with the IRS—meaning they no longer release public form 990s. We’ll look deeper into what that means.

But first, a legal victory for Child Evangelism Fellowship after their Good News Clubs were kicked out of public schools in Providence, Rhode Island last year.

Listen here. 

ECFA Changes

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

ADDITIONS:  Hope Center Indy (Indianapolis, Ind.), Equip Ministries (Livingston, Ala.), Coalition of Care (Cincinnati, Ohio), Solutions Health and Pregnancy Center (Shrewsbury, N.J.), First Priority of Johnston County (Clayton, N.C.), Christian Camping International (Mount Hermon, Calif.), Regeneration (Baltimore, Md.), Rocky Mountain Foundation (Littleton, Colo.), Five Stones Church (Waxhaw, N.C.), GEMS Global (Wyoming, Mich.), Trinity Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)

REMOVALS: NONE

MinistryWatch In The News. MinistryWatch’s article on the American Bible Society’s Faith and Liberty Discovery Center was reprinted at Religion Unplugged. Read it here.

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.

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