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Transparency and accountability are vital to the renewal of the evangelical church in America. Hosts Warren Smith and Natasha Smith highlight the top stories of the week from the unique MinistryWatch perspective and give you a peek behind the curtain to show why and how we do the investigations we do.

MinistryWatch Podcast Warren Smith and Natasha Smith

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Transparency and accountability are vital to the renewal of the evangelical church in America. Hosts Warren Smith and Natasha Smith highlight the top stories of the week from the unique MinistryWatch perspective and give you a peek behind the curtain to show why and how we do the investigations we do.

    Ep. 22: Supreme Court Decisions Impact Ministries and GOD TV Booted From Israeli TV

    Ep. 22: Supreme Court Decisions Impact Ministries and GOD TV Booted From Israeli TV

    On today’s program, The Supreme Court is handing down decisions on an almost daily basis.  We look at a couple of those decisions that will have an impact on churches and Christian ministries.  Also, GOD TV gets booted off the air in Israel.  We’ll explain why.  And we continue our Generous Living series with the story of a young couple in New York City who is giving away 90%  of what they earn and living on the remaining 10%.



    If you’d like to read more about ANY of the stories we discussed on today’s program, just go to MinistryWatch.com and you’ll find them right on the front page.



    We also want to mention a new feature on the website.  On the last day of each month, we are going to publish the top 10 stories of that month.   We just started this feature, so you can go to the website now and see the top 10 stories for the month of June.  They include stories about Ravi Zacharias, the Southern Baptist Convention, Jerry Falwell and Liberty University, and the death of George Floyd, and what faith groups are doing to bring reconciliation and healing.  It’s a great way to reflect back on the stories that are likely to have a lasting impact.



    Each week, Warren and Natasha bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Christina Darnell, Walker Smith, Emily McFarlan Miller, Julie Roys, and Warren Smith.  Thanks to our friends at Religion News Service for contributing material to this week’s program.



    May God bless you.

    • 26 min
    Ep. 21: Ministry In The Age of COVID, and A Summer Camp Faces Scrutiny

    Ep. 21: Ministry In The Age of COVID, and A Summer Camp Faces Scrutiny

    On today’s program, the campus ministry Christian Union is learning new ways to minister in the age of COVID-19.  A new survey says that while many Christians WANT to return to church, they still have plenty of concerns about safety.  And we continue our series on Generous Living with a profile of Greg and Ronda Brenneman, who have made philanthropy a family affair.



    We begin today with accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation of teenagers by a popular Christian camp.



    If you’d like to read more about ANY of the stories we discussed on today’s program, just go to MinistryWatch.com and you’ll find them right on the front page.



    We’d also like to remind everyone of Bobby Ross’s “Weekend Plug-In” on our website every Saturday.  It’s a digest of news and links to stories on what he calls “The God Beat,” religion and ethics.  So if you’re a news junkie, you definitely want to check out Bobby’s column.



    Also, we’re approaching our June 30 year-end, and I’d like to thank the more than 500 people who have made a gift to MinistryWatch during the past year.  If that was you, please know that your gift is an encouragement to us and it allows us to continue our vital work to bring transparency, accountability, and renewed CREDIBILITY to the Christian ministry marketplace.  If you’d like to support our work, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the DONATE button at the top of the page.



    Finally, if you are one of our new listeners:  Welcome!  I hope you’ll be with us each and every week, and I hope you’ll tell a friend.  And don’t forget to rate us using your podcast app.  It’s absolutely free, doesn’t take but a few seconds, and it really helps us a lot.



    Each week, Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Liza Vandenboom, Tom Campisi, Christina Darnell, Anne Stych, Julie Roys, and Warren Smith.  Thanks to our friends at The Non-Profit Times, Religion Unplugged, and Religion News Service for contributing material to this week’s program.



    May God bless you.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 20: Cancel Culture, Moody Bible Institute, And Philanthropy News

    Ep. 20: Cancel Culture, Moody Bible Institute, And Philanthropy News

    On today’s program, an Alabama pastor is under fire for liking a couple of posts on Twitter.  Now the city of Birmingham is canceling contracts with his church. Also on today’s program, Moody Bible Institute apologized for yearbook photos from the 1970s and 80s that portrayed students in blackface.  And at least 30 private schools, including Christian schools, will close permanently because of the COVID Crisis.



    We begin today with a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court.  The high court ruled on Monday that the word “sex” in the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to sexuality and, specifically, LGBTQ persons.  The ruling could have important implications for religious organizations.



    Special Note:  Today’s story of David Ahl is the first in a series of stories about Generous Living that we’ve started at the MinistryWatch website.  Christina Darnell is going to be contributing these stories, and we hope to post one every week, or most weeks, anyway.  I think you’ll be inspired and encouraged by these stories.



    I’d also like to remind everyone of Bobby Ross’s “Weekend Plug-In” on our website on Saturday.  We’ve been a five-day-a-week content producer up until now, but we’re excited to offer Bobby’s column each Saturday.  It’s a digest of news and links to stories on what he calls “The God Beat,” religion, and ethics.  Bobby’s a seasoned journalist, and I’m excited about having his by-line on the MinistryWatch website.



    Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    Also, before we go, I want to mention that we’re approaching our June 30 year-end, and I want to thank those of you who made a gift to MinistryWatch during the past year. Your gift is an encouragement to us and it allows us to continue our vital work to bring transparency, accountability, and renewed CREDIBILITY to the Christian ministry marketplace.  If you’d like to support our work, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the DONATE button at the top of the page.



    May God bless you.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 19: Tim Keller, Sen. Josh Hawley, Jerry Falwell Jr., and More

    Ep. 19: Tim Keller, Sen. Josh Hawley, Jerry Falwell Jr., and More

    On today’s program, well-known pastor Tim Keller announced that he has pancreatic cancer.  Also on today’s podcast, non-profits are growing increasingly frustrated with Facebook.  And we hear about a doctor, whose conversion to Christ in 2014, transformed not only his life but his work as a doctor as well.



    But up first today:  Sen. Josh Hawley.  He’s asking why most churches and ministries are still banned from large meetings, but recent protests, some involving tens of thousands of people, are facing no sanctions or penalties.



    We’d like to remind everyone of a new feature on the website.  That’s Bobby Ross’s “Weekend Plug-In” on our website on Saturday.  We’ve been a five-day-a-week content producer up until now, but we’re excited to offer Bobby’s column each Saturday.  It’s a digest of news and links to stories on what he calls “The God Beat,” religion, and ethics.  Bobby’s a seasoned journalist, and I’m excited about having his by-line on the MinistryWatch website.



    Also, every month we publish a list that we’ve curated from our database of the 500 largest Christian ministries in the country.  This month’s list is the 25 largest Christian advocacy groups in the country.  That list includes organizations such as the Family Research Council, the First Liberty Institute, and the Alliance Defending Freedom.  So if you want to see how these ministries compare, and take a look at their financial efficiency ranking and their transparency grade, just go to MinistryWatch.com



    In fact, if you’d like to read more about ANY of the stories we discussed on today’s program, just go to MinistryWatch.com and you’ll find them right on the front page.  If you’d like to dig into the MinistryWatch archives of hundreds of articles and other great resources, use the search engine – also on the front page – to find what you’re looking for.



    I also want to mention that we’re approaching our June 30 year-end, and I want to thank those of you who made a gift to MinistryWatch during the past year.  Your gift is an encouragement to us and it allows us to continue our vital work to bring transparency, accountability, and renewed CREDIBILITY to the Christian ministry marketplace.  If you’d like to support our work, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the DONATE button at the top of the page.



    Each week, Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Paul Glader, Michael Ray Smith, Christina Darnell,  Anne Stych, and Warren Smith.  Thanks to our friends at The Non-Profit Times for contributing material to this week’s program.



    May God bless you.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 18: Bogus Cancer Cures Target Christians, and Ministries Respond to George Floyd

    Ep. 18: Bogus Cancer Cures Target Christians, and Ministries Respond to George Floyd

    On today’s program, the death of Ravi Zacharias due to cancer has caused some Christians to start promoting alternative therapies. We examine both their claims and their effectiveness. We also look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the nation’s food banks.  Plus: new rules that will impact the nation’s non-profits.



    But first, the death of George Floyd. His death at the hands of Minneapolis police has prompted outrage around the country, but also a strong response from the nation’s churches and Christian ministries.



    If you’d like to read more about ANY of the stories we discussed on today’s program, just go to www.MinistryWatch.com and you’ll find them right on the front page.



    If you’d like to dig into the MinistryWatch archives of hundreds of articles and other great resources, use the search engine – also on the front page – to find what you’re looking for.



    Also, thanks to those of you who made a recent gift to MinistryWatch. Your gift is an encouragement to us and it allows us to continue our vital work to bring transparency, accountability, and CREDIBILITY to the Christian ministry marketplace. If you’d like to support our work, just go to www.MinistryWatch.com/donate



    If you are one of our new listeners, welcome!  If you like what you’ve heard, I hope you’ll be with us each and every week, and I hope you’ll tell a friend. And don’t forget to rate us using your podcast app. It’s absolutely free, doesn’t take but a few seconds, and it really helps us a lot.



    Each week, Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Steve Rabey, Christina Darnell, Adelle Banks, and Warren Smith. Thanks to our friends at The Nonprofit Times for contributing material to this week’s program.



    May God bless you.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 17: Media Matters and Controversies With Well-Known Christian Leaders

    Ep. 17: Media Matters and Controversies With Well-Known Christian Leaders

    On today’s program, more media outlets are converting to non-profit status.  Will that change how news is reported?  Also on today’s program, conservative Anglicans win a major lawsuit against Episcopalians in Texas.  And a well-known ministry leader, Bryan Loritts, is facing tough questions over his academic credentials.



     Up first:  The men’s ministry Promise Keepers has canceled its planned rally this summer, another casualty of the COVID-19 Crisis.



    A quick MinistryWatch update:  Beginning last week we started posting Bobby Ross’s “Weekend Plug-In” on our website on Saturday.  We’ve been a five-day-a-week content producer up until now, but we’re excited to offer Bobby’s column each Saturday.  It’s essentially a digest of news and links to stories on what he calls “The God Beat,” religion and ethics.  Bobby’s a seasoned journalist, and I’m excited about having his by-line on the MinistryWatch website.



    If you’d like to read more about the stories we discussed on today’s program, just go to www.MinistryWatch.com  and you’ll find them right on the front page.  If you’d like to dig into the MinistryWatch archives of hundreds of articles and other great resources, use the search engine – also on the front page -- to find what you’re looking for.



    Also, I want to thank those of you who made a recent gift to MinistryWatch.  If you make a gift of any size to MinistryWatch between now and the end of May, which is just a few days away, we’ll send you a free copy of a book I wrote with John Stonestreet.  It’s called “Restoring All Things:  God’s Audacious Plan to Change The World Through Everyday People.”  It’s full of great stories of God’s people doing God’s work, in a beautiful but broken world.  To donate, go to www.MinistryWatch.com/donate



    And this podcast continues to grow, too.  If you are one of our new listeners.  Welcome!  If you like what you’ve heard, I hope you’ll be with us each and every week, and I hope you’ll tell a friend.  And don’t forget to rate us using your podcast app.  It’s absolutely free, doesn’t take but a few seconds, and it really helps us a lot.



    Each week, Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Steve Rabey and Warren Smith.  Thanks to our friends at The Non-Profit Times for contributing material to this week’s program.



    May God bless you.

    • 29 min

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Such important work

As a passionate donor to a variety of non-profits and also employee of a small Christian ministry, I appreciate this watchdog organization’s commitment to transparency and accountability in the non-profit world. This weekly podcast isn’t too long and gives just enough info without making it too intense. Love the interview format.

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