Ministry Watch is an organisation which rates Christian charities using a variety of measures including openness and transparency, due diligence integrity research, value and beliefs, efficiency and effectiveness, and finally, best practices. Their aim is to help us be good stewards, ensuring that our donations are not wasted or misappropriated, and that they are used efficiently.
One of their measures, transparency, has a rating ranging from ‘A’ to ‘F’, where A is excellent, and F is dreadful (my words not theirs). Examples of organisations that get an ‘A’ for transparency include:
Cadence International (A)
Campus Crusade for Christ (A)
Crown Financial Ministries (A)
Kingsway Charities (A)
MAP International (A)
Officers’ Christian Fellowship (A)
Ones with an ‘F’ include:
Benny Hinn Ministries (F)
Breakthrough Ministries/ Rod Parsley (F)
Creflo Dollar Ministries (F)
Crystal Cathedral Ministries / Robert Schuller (F)
Ever Increasing Faith/ Fred Price (F)
Kenneth Copeland Ministries (F)
World-Wide Missions (F)
Ministry Watch explains how ministries are graded on their website, and looks like they offer a valuable service to those of us wanting to choose charities to donate to.
There are also other sites which grade charities, including secular ones to help donors make wise choices.
Relating To Churches…
I wonder what would happen if churches were graded along similar lines, since churches which accept tithes and offerings from their members are also responsible for a large quantity of Christian funding? Naturally churches have administrative costs which vary and aren’t supposed to give all the money to a charitable cause, so I’m not suggesting they should be graded in an identical way. Perhaps some or even many churches are transparent and expose their accounts to their membership, which would keep many people satisfied that donations were being handled responsibly.
On another related tack – if your church kept on inviting speakers from ‘F’ rated ministries to speak about money, what conclusion would you begin to draw?? Would you question your own church’s transparency as well, or would you just think they could exercise a bit more wisdom? Or does it not matter?