For a recent article about Joyce Meyer Ministries' latest annual report, The Christian Post contacted its representatives with questions about the contents of the financial statements and also sought clarification on previously reported controversial aspects of the nonprofit.
CP followed up that initial July 24 article this week with responses from Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM) representative, in an article entitled: "Joyce Meyer Ministries Addresses Controversies About Financial Practices" This sidebar article, however, includes the full email exchange between CP and Lori Ann Potter, public relations liaison for the organization.
The email exchanges occurred July 29-30, and appear below in that order. CP's original questions have been edited for better clarity for the reader. more >>
A representative for Joyce Meyer Ministries insists that the non-profit organization has long valued transparency and financial accountability and was not, in fact, moved to make significant changes to its financial operations due to being targeted by a Senate investigation or scrutiny from investigative reports.
Meyer is a popular Bible teacher and bestselling author who is president of her namesake nonprofit and also co-founder, along with her husband, of the ministry's St. Louis Dream Center, where Meyer occasionally preaches. The Fenton, Missouri-based Christian ministry, which enjoys the "regular support" of 405,414 donors, recently released its latest annual financial report detailing its assets, expenditures, and the results of its charitable and evangelistic endeavors. Data not included in the report, however, are the salaries paid to members of Joyce Meyer Ministries' board of directors, specifically, to her husband and two sons. At one time, members of the Meyer family (including daughters Laura Holtzmann and Sandra McCollom) accounted for 50 percent of JMM's board members.
The ministry, founded in 1985 as Life in The Word, expanded its board from eight to 12 members when it joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in 2009, about two years after the Senate probe was launched. Scrutiny by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch allegedly also prompted the JMM board to reduce its CEO's salary and change how Meyer financially benefits from her lucrative book sales. Proceeds from Meyer's books, along with honorariums from her private speaking engagements, are given to the ministry and not to Meyer herself, according to an attestation letter in JMM's annual report. more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts, author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is expecting her first child with husband Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California.
The Roberts shared the news about their upcoming bundle of joy in front of their One Church LA congregation last Sunday.
"For Touré and I, having a child together is the organic overflow of the love that we have been so blessed to share. When I initially found out that I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with surprise, excitement, and joy," she told ESSENCE. "Each of our children offer a special flavor to the blend that is our family. While we are ecstatic to know that our baby will represent a piece of each of us, we look forward to the unique individuality and impact our new addition is sure to bring to our family." more >>
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz reunited for the first time in decades with the pastor who baptized him and led his father to Jesus in the 1970s, during a campaign stop in Tennessee this week.
For Cruz, he saw his stop through Murfreesboro on Monday to speak at a campaign rally as being more than just an opportunity to share his conservative views with potential voters. As Cruz took the stage to speak to the crowd, he had just one question for the audience.
The largest African-American religious body in the nation will soon hold its annual convention in the largest city in the state of Tennessee.
Tens of thousands of attendees are expected at the National Baptist Convention USA's annual gathering scheduled to be held at Memphis' Cook Convention Center from Sept. 7-11.
"This will be the first convention for the new President Jerry Young. The numbers vary, but 20,000 registered and unregistered should converge on the city," said Caroline Stanfield, spokeswoman for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, who told The Christian Post that the National Baptist Convention annual session has previously been held in the city in 2004 and 2009. more >>
A Sudanese court has fined three Christian girls on charges of "immoral dress" for wearing slacks and skirts on their way home from a Baptist church function in June, while it found four other girls who were wearing similar clothing innocent of the charges, the advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported. During their apprehension, 10 girls from the church were forced to strip naked in front of police who inspected their clothing for compliance with Shariah law.
All seven girls were among a group of 12 Christian females who were arrested on June 25 while on their way home from a service at El Izba Baptist Church in Khartoum simply because they were wearing trousers and skirts, which police deemed to be immoral dress.
Two of the girls were released from police custody without charges, while the remaining 10 were forced by authorities to strip out of their clothes and later charged with indecent dress under Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code. Advocates for the girls said they range in age from teens younger than 18 to early 20s. more >>