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Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — A look at megachurches over the past five years finds that most have grown larger and more diverse and become less likely to call themselves evangelical.

Evangelical financial watchdog faces scrutiny over backing of errant megachurch

By Bobby Ross Jr. — May 29, 2019

(RNS) — Critics say the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability ignored ‘glaring improprieties’ in Harvest Bible Chapel’s finances for way too long.

ECFA ousts Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 18, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a Christian financial watchdog group, has terminated the membership of Harvest Bible Chapel.

ECFA suspends Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 18, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has suspended Harvest Bible Chapel, the Chicago-area megachurch that recently fired its founding pastor, James MacDonald, amid allegations of financial impropriety and domineering behavior.

IRS’ ‘church parking tax’ sparks questions and concerns

By Bobby Ross Jr. — February 7, 2019

(RNS) — An obscure provision of the 2017 tax overhaul may end up costing churches and other houses of worship.

Scandal-plagued home schooling institute loses key accreditation

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 18, 2016

CHICAGO (RNS) Eighteen people are suing the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its 81-year-old founder, Bill Gothard, for sexual harassment.

Commission suggests ways to keep closer eye on lavish ministries

By Adelle M. Banks — December 5, 2012

(RNS) A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has called for clearer IRS guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other nonprofits that are not being financially accountable. By Adelle M. Banks.

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