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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 212: Chris Tomlin and Hillsong, Brother Andrew’s Passing, and ECAP Rolls Out Abuse Prevention Program

9/29/2022
On today’s program, the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP) is set to roll out an accreditation program designed to train and certify ministry executives in skills to prevent sexual abuse. And we note two notable passings this week: Open Doors founder Brother Andrew, and the long-time president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Dan Busby. We begin today with the controversial decision by Christian musician Chris Tomlin to tour with the scandal ridden...

Duration:00:27:23

Ep. 211: The Nazarene Fund, Turning Point USA, and the SBC Executive Committee Meets

9/22/2022
On today’s program, it’s been a year since Glenn Beck’s The Nazarene Fund raised $35-million for Afghan relief. We’ll have an update on where the money went. We also look at Charlie Kirk’s organization Turning Point USA. The group now has a subsidiary called Turning Point Faith, aimed at pastors and church leaders. We begin today with news that the Southern Baptist Conventions’ top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday. If you make a donation to...

Duration:00:22:12

Ep. 210: Bible Translation, “Respect for Marriage Act,” and Samaritan’s Purse Hits $1-Billion

9/15/2022
On today’s program, we take a look at the Bible translation industry. We ask the question: How much does it really cost to translate the Bible. We also look at a milestone for the Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse. It will hit $1-billion in revenue this year. And one of evangelicalism’s flagship seminaries, Fuller Seminary, has the first African American president in its history. We’ll have details. We begin today with news that 2,000 churches and Christian ministries have asked the U.S....

Duration:00:21:46

Ep. 209: Ted Haggard, American Bible Society, and Ravi Zacharias

9/8/2022
On today’s program, one of evangelicalism’s most prominent leaders, Ted Haggard, his hit new lows. We’ll have the latest. And the American Bible Society latest president lasted less than 90 days. The organization has had five presidents in the past 10 years. We’ve got news of the latest changes at this two-century old ministry. We begin today with the latest chapter in the story of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Last week, Lighten Group, announced it was shutting down. Lighten...

Duration:00:17:15

Ep. 208: Phil Cooke: The Loyalty Obsession – Why It’s Hurting Churches and Ministries

9/8/2022
An important part of what we do here at MinistryWatch – especially with these “Extra” episodes -- is to bring to you important thought leaders who have important things to say both to donors and to ministry leaders. That’s why I’m pleased to have back on the program Phil Cooke. Phil got his start in media working on the television program of Oral Roberts, while he was still a student at Oral Roberts University. Over the years Cooke has become one of the nation’s experts on the use of media...

Duration:00:15:29

Ep. 207: Wycliffe Bible Translators, World Vision, Matt Chandler and The Village Church

9/1/2022
On today’s program, more promises, but few details, from the Bible translation industry. We’ll have the latest from Wycliffe Bible Translators. And a former World Vision staffer gets 12 years in prison after an Israeli court found he aided a terrorist group. But his supporters – including World Vision itself – say he’s innocent. We begin today with the story of Matt Chandler, who is taking a leave of absence from his role as pastor of The Village Church. I also want to remind you that if you...

Duration:00:20:58

Ep. 206: Liberty University, The United Methodists Continue To Splinter, and A Close Look At Kenneth Copeland

8/26/2022
On today’s program, Liberty University is receiving complaints from veterans who use the school’s online program as part of their GI Bill benefits. We also have the latest in the slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church. Plus, a look at Prosperity Gospel preacher Kenneth Copeland. He’s in the Ministry Spotlight. We begin today with something you don’t hear Christian leaders do too much these days, and that’s apologize. That apology came from Andy Wood. Wood was named as Rick...

Duration:00:18:58

Ep. 205: The Dorean Principle: A Biblical Response To The Commercialization of Christianity

8/23/2022
If you’re a regular reader of MinistryWatch’s daily journalism, or a regular listener to our podcast, you know that we care about integrity. The personal integrity of Christian leaders, and the integrity of the process and procedures of Christian ministries themselves. We advocate for transparency and accountability as a way of giving Christian donors the chance to make giving decisions for themselves. But my guest today, Conley Owens, say that is not enough. He suggests that it’s not just...

Duration:00:32:06

Ep. 204: Harold Camping and Family Radio, Hillsong, the United Methodist Church, and the Feds Investigate the SBC

8/18/2022
On today’s program, in the 1990s and 2000s, radio preacher Harold Camping wrongly predicted the return of Jesus. The ministry he founded has spent the last decade recovering. We’ll have an update. And the Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention. We’ll have the latest. We begin today with a lawsuit against Hillsong Church by one of its key employees. The lawsuit says the church misled donors and evaded taxes. Before we go, a reminder: If you...

Duration:00:24:56

Ep. 203: John Bevere, Stuart Briscoe, and Bible Translation’s “Last Mile”

8/12/2022
On today’s program, we look at a network of ministries fighting chemical abortions. We also look at prosperity gospel preachers John and Lisa Bevere and their ministry Messenger International. We begin today with new leadership for a couple of the nation’s leading Christian publications. Russell Moore, the former Southern Baptist ethicist, was named editor in chief at Christianity Today. Lynn Vincent, a motorcycle-riding Navy veteran and New York Times best-selling author, was recently named...

Duration:00:22:58

Ep. 202: Translating The Bible In A New Way: A Conversation With Jane Schoen

8/9/2022
Today I welcome back to the program Jane Schoen. Jane is the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Strategic Resource Group, an organization that funds projects to reach unreached people groups in the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called MENA region of the world. A year ago I reported on a new initiative by the Strategic Resource Group that – if successful – could have a dramatic impact on the way we do Bible translation. They are using a so-called Translation Service Provider –...

Duration:00:19:01

Ep. 201: Venue Church Foreclosed, and What Is Spiritual Abuse?

8/4/2022
On today’s program, we look at spiritual abuse. At what point is a difference in opinion, or a disagreement with the pastor, real abuse? It’s a question lots of churches, pastors, and church members are having to grapple with. Also, we look at an online ministry that started as a hobby, but is now generating more than 100-million page views a year from people wanting answers to tough spiritual questions. We begin today with news about a Tennessee megachurch that has defaulted on its building...

Duration:00:23:11

Ep. 200: Mario Murillo, Amy Grant, and Ted Haggard

7/28/2022
On today’s program, prosperity gospel preacher and Donald Trump supporter Mario Murillo led a crusade in Colorado Springs. We had a reporter on the scene. Amy Grant will be one of the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year. And we have an update on the story of the Family Research Council changing its status to an “association of churches.” FRC President Tony Perkins reached out to us to explain why. We begin today with news about a Colorado Springs pastor who has had his share of...

Duration:00:21:05

Ep. 199: Leaving The Network, Saddleback Church, and Bill Hwang Faces Lawsuit

7/14/2022
On today’s program, a fast-growing church planting network called simply The Network, is facing criticism by a group of former staff and lay leadership. We also have the results of an investigation done by Saddleback Church into its new pastor. The new study finds no evidence of wrongdoing. We begin today with news that an employee of disgraced Wall Street financier Bill Hwang is suing his former employer. The employee says he was forced to donate to a Christian Charitable Fund. A few...

Duration:00:29:11

Ep. 198: Phil Cooke: Paying Church Planters, and What To Do With a Disgraced Teacher’s Materials?

7/12/2022
An important part of what we do here at MinistryWatch – especially with these “Extra” episodes -- is to bring to you important thought leaders who have important things to say both to donors and to ministry leaders. That’s why I’m pleased to have back on the program Phil Cooke. Before I tell you what we’re talking about today, I should mention that Phil Cooke is a content machine. He got his start in media working on the television program of Oral Roberts, while he was still a student at...

Duration:00:16:32

Ep. 197: Seattle Pacific, Food Ministries Stressed, and Pro-Life Ministry in the Post-Roe Era

7/7/2022
On today’s program, students at Seattle Pacific University end their sit-in for LGBTQ rights, but the controversy at this Christian school is not likely to go away. And we check in with some prominent pro-life ministries to see how the Dobbs decision, the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, will impact their work. We begin today with a report that rapidly rising prices are having a significant impact on ministries that provide food and housing for the poor. A few housekeeping...

Duration:00:19:37

Ep. 196: Ryan Bomberger on What’s Next For The Pro-Life Movement?

7/5/2022
The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision put an end to the Roe v. Wade era in America. Many millions of pro-life Americans played a role in bringing about this historic decision, but few have been as active as my guest today Ryan Bomberger. Ryan’s story gives his pro-life activism special power. His biological mother was raped, but chose not to have an abortion. He was then adopted at 6 weeks of age and grew up in a loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15, with 10 of the 13 children adopted....

Duration:00:19:31

Ep. 195: David Platt, TV Preachers and Book Royalties, and Pregnancy Resource Centers in the Post-Roe Era

7/1/2022
On today’s program, a lawsuit against well-known preacher David Platt and the church he pastors, McLean Bible Church, has been dropped. We’ll have details. We’ll also talk about TV preachers and their books. Who should get the royalties? We’ll have the answer. And Explo 72, took place 50 years ago. An event took place in Dallas last week that tried to capture some of the spirit of Explo. We’ll have a report. We begin today with some of the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, the...

Duration:00:20:45

Ep. 194: World Vision, Chris Rice, and a Win for Religious Liberty

6/23/2022
On today’s program, a former World Vision executive is convicted in Israel of aiding a terrorist group, but independent observers say this verdict is a miscarriage of justice. We’ll have details. And an independent report into the behavior of Christian musician Chris Rice found what it calls credible evidence of child abuse. We begin today with a major win for religious liberty. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that religious schools can’t be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition...

Duration:00:14:59

Ep. 193: Southern Baptists Meet, Seattle Pacific Fractures, and One of the Nation’s Largest Methodist Churches Departs

6/16/2022
On today’s program, Seattle Pacific University is struggling with issues of human sexuality. A three judge panel in Colorado ruled against a Christian school’s ability to hire and fire teachers based on belief. And the United Methodist Church has settled a dispute with one of the largest churches in its denomination. The church gets to leave and keep its building, but it will pay millions to the denomination. We begin today with news from the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting,...

Duration:00:22:17