The annual list of 30 "Shining Light" Christian ministries from MinistryWatch.com includes a number of organizations with publications that are members of the Evangelical Press Association.
"At a time when Sen. Charles Grassley is calling on some of the worst organizations to live up to their minimum responsibilities of financial self-disclosure, we are pleased to highlight those ministries that go well beyond the minimum," said Rusty Leonard, founder of MinistryWatch.com. "These organizations are truly the 'best of the best' when it comes to financial dealings, and when it comes to actually doing what their mission statements say they do."
MinistryWatch.com makes its annual selections based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, said Rod Pitzer, Managing Director of Research for MinistryWatch.com. "Making the selection is challenging, given the selfless work so many fine ministries do," Pitzer said. But he added that these ministries were truly "exemplary" in the following categories:
They have a legitimate non-profit ministry and purpose.
They treat donors fairly by earning a Transparency Grade of "A" from MinistryWatch.com.
They are unashamed of being identified as an evangelical Christian ministry.
MinistryWatch.com knows of no issue that would be of concern to donors.
All 30 "Shining Light" ministries are listed below.
"It's gratifying to see so many EPA members represented on this list," said Doug Trouten, executive director of EPA. "We congratulate these ministries for the strong stand they are taking through their ministry and through their commitment to financial accountability."
MinistryWatch.com is a donor advocate, with the mission of helping Christian donors make more informed and effective giving decisions. The organization's MinistryWatch.com Web site contains detailed financial and worldview information for nearly 500 of the largest Christian ministries in the country. The site is viewed by more than 30,000 unique visitors each month.
Note to Editors: Rusty Leonard and Rod Pitzer are both available for interviews.
The 2007 list of Shining Light Ministries
Following is a list, in alphabetical order, of the 2007 Shining Light ministries, as chosen by MinistryWatch.com:
Answers in Genesis
Awana Clubs International
Bethany Christian Services
Bridges for Peace
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Children's Hunger Fund
Christian Legal Society
Crown Financial Ministries
Fellowship International Mission
Medical Teams International
Military Community Youth Ministries
Moms In Touch International
Prison Fellowship Ministries
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries
Scripture Union USA
Stand To Reason
Truth For Life
Turkish World Outreach
The Voice of the Martyrs
Wycliffe Bible Translators