The Way We Give Now

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) recently passed the 2,000-member mark. This makes its annual assessment of members’ finances an even better snapshot of how US evangelicals are donating their dollars beyond the local church. Since CT last examined ECFA’s State of Giving data (through 2011), medical missions has seen the biggest surge in support, almost doubling, while prison ministry has seen the largest drop. Only two giving categories saw declines from 2011 to 2014, compared to five that declined from 2007 to 2011.

Bible translator leaves alliance

A long-running debate over how to convey the Trinity to Muslims has led Wycliffe Associates (WA) to withdraw from the Wycliffe Global Alliance, a partnership of more than 100 translation agencies. WA, which is separate from Wycliffe Bible Translators, objected to the way some translators soften the Bible’s “Son of God” language in order to stem confusion and anger among Muslims who believe this means that God engaged in sexual relations with Mary. WA stated that it also left over the chilly reaction among other ministries to both its controversial plan to provide copyright-free Bibles and its speedy MAST translation process [see CT June 2015].

ECFA boots Gothard group

Bill Gothard’s former institute has lost its stamp of approval from the leading group that sets the standards for evangelical ministries. The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) terminated the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) for “failure to comply” with its governance standard. While ECFA didn’t specify IBLP’s failures, the standard requires a board of at least five (mostly independent) ...

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