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What Would Jesus Fly? – March 2023

MinistryWatch and Trinity Foundation Release “Pastors and Planes” Data for March

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Barry Bowen of The Trinity Foundation compiled the flight information for this project.

March was a busy month for pastors and their planes.  Pastors and ministry leaders made 371.5 flights, significantly exceeding February’s total of 323.5 flights.

The Dallas-based Trinity Foundation has been tracking the use of private aircraft by ministries and churches.  Recently the Trinity Foundation started posting graphics on Twitter to track daily usage.  (You can find that Twitter account, @PastorPlanes, here.)

MinistryWatch and The Trinity Foundation began working together in January to make that project better known to the public. That goal led us to produce the list you see below. It identifies the number of flights by ministries and pastors during the month of March. We have also included the type of airplane and its estimated hourly operating cost.  For those of you who are “planespotters” and enjoy using such services as FlightAware to do tracking of your own, we have also included the tail number of the planes.

To see last month’s list, click here.  To read more about this project (such as what why not all the numbers are whole numbers, and how we calculated operating costs), 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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