Ron Luce, World Magazine Debate Why Teen Mania Is One of America's Most Insolvent Charities

(UPDATED) Acquire the Fire leader says investigation 'included false statements, errors and misperceptions.' World reveals audit advice as evidence.
Ron Luce, World Magazine Debate Why Teen Mania Is One of America's Most Insolvent Charities
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[Editor's note: Reference to Prison Fellowship 990s updated May 29.]

Teen Mania's finances are on the rocks. The Acquire the Fire organizer, recently named one of the most influential ministries of the 21st century, is currently No. 5 on Charity Navigator's list of 10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble—and has been on the list since December 2012.

But why the ministry's finances are so rocky has become a subject of public debate, after an in-depth investigation by World magazine of the foreclosure of Teen Mania's sprawling campus headquarters—among the termination of its ECFA accreditation and other financial concerns—sparked a public rebuttal from cofounder and president Ron Luce.

Luce said World's article—which detailed expenses such as $100,000 for T.D. Jakes to speak at a 2008 New York City event, $21,000 for his private jet, and $10,000 for gifts for Jakes's family—"included false statements, errors and misperceptions ...

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