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WEEKLY REVIEW: Database Changes, Podcast Highlights & More

Urban Alternative, Christian Union drop to lowest financial efficiency score

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MinistryWatch Database Changes

MinistryWatch now has more than 1,000 ministries in its database. These ministries represent more than $41-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:

Barnabas International (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 83)

BEE World (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 87)

Cherry Street Mission Ministries (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: From A to D, DCS: 86)

Christian Union (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 81)

Church World Service (Up 4 to 5 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 65)

Global Disciples (Down 3 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 94 to 84)

Global Leadership Network (N/A Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 58)

Glory of Zion International Ministries (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 56)

GoServ Global (Down 4 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 86)

In His Image International (5 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 91)

International Christian Concern (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 97)

John Brown University (3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Down 89 to 86)

Mercy Medical Angels (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: C, DCS: 74)

SEND International (4 Stars, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: Up 47 to 57)

The Luke Society (Up 2 to 3 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: Up 87 to 97)

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans (Down 2 to 1 Star, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 52)

Trinity Forum, Inc.  (Up 3 to 4 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 92)

Water for Life Haiti (Up 1 to 2 Stars, Transparency Grade: A, DCS: 84)

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

Global Water Center (1 Star, Transparency Grade: D, DCS: 63)

On The MinistryWatch Podcast

Chi Alpha, Joel Osteen, Mike Breen and APEX Church

On today’s program, another Chi Alpha leader is out at the Assemblies of God college campus ministry. He was director over the regions where convicted sex offender Daniel Savala had access to students. We’ll have details.

And, Joel Osteen is brought to tears during a Sunday service as he announces that his Houston church has paid off a 100-million dollar loan.  

Also, churches face fines for sheltering the homeless during brutal winter weather. More on that later in the program.  

We begin today with news that author and pastor Mike Breen has resigned from his role as ‘lead communicator’ at APEX Church in Ohio.  Listen here.

MinistryWatch In The News. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Maui Giving. If you want to give specifically to ministries working to provide relief in Maui, click here.

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.

ECFA Changes

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



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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.