Joyce Meyer, Former Focus of Senate Probe, Was Paid $250K While Ministry Earned $110.5 Million in 2014

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Popular Bible Teacher Shares 2014 Financial Report on Nonprofit’s Income, Expenses and Relief Work

Joyce Meyer, popular Bible teacher and preacher, has shared with her supporters the latest financial report detailing her ministry’s assets, expenditures, and the results of its charitable and evangelistic undertakings. 

The ministry’s production of publicly-available yearly financial reports was just one change Meyer made after being named years ago in a Senate probe of the finances of six notable Christian televangelists.

Meyer, named in 2005 by Time magazine among the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America, is a prolific author, having written more than 70 books, including the bestselling Battlefield of the Mind (1995). The 72-year-old minister is also a powerhouse on social media (totaling about 13 million followers across Twitter and Facebook), perhaps falling second only to Joel Osteen where evangelical Christian preachers are concerned.

The Fenton, Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries, founded in 1985, claims that Meyer “reaches a potential audience of 3 billion people worldwide” through her “Enjoying Everyday Life” broadcasts. Meyer’s 32nd “Love, Life Women’s Conference,” the only conference for which she charges an entry fee, attracted 14,000 women who paid $69 per ticket for the Missouri event last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The ministry’s 2014 annual report reveals that 49,930 people “received Christ” at its free conferences (which reportedly number “close to 15 annually”), 1.1 million copies of Meyer’s books were distributed globally, and 4.5 billion people were potentially reached via the nonprofit’s television program.

The financial report states that 83 percent of the ministry’s total expenditures were “for outreach and program services directed at reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting the physical needs of the less fortunate all over the world.” Some aspects of the ministry’s missions work, done through its Hand of Hope relief wing, is helping to build clean-water wells in seven countries, assisting women and young girls escaping sexual slavery, and providing meals to children around the world and in Missouri via Meyer’s St. Louis Dream Center.

A breakdown of Joyce Meyer Ministries’ statement of activities for 2014 shows that:

INCOMING: $110,528,277: “total unrestricted revenue and other support”

OUTGOING: $114,400,756: “ministry’s total operating expenses”

NET ASSETS: $48,312,112: “Year-End Net Assets Totaling” ($3,872,479 less than it started the year with).

The biggest areas of expense were:

$30,867,736: “Radio and Television Ministry”

$29,837,903: “Missions and Outreach”

$15,866,419: “Print Media” (which includes Salaries, Printing and Production and Postage costs)

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Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.’s
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Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.’s
Statement of Activities
presented in the organization’s 2014 Annual Report.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit operating as a “church,” Joyce Meyer Ministries, like other public charities, is exempt from federal income tax and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, according to the IRS. A nonprofit ministry classified as a church, specifically if it is a large operation, is not required by the IRS to report its financial dealings, a privilege that some Christian ministers have been accused of abusing to secretly and illegally amass personal wealth.

For basic comparison, here is what other charitable Christian organizations have made publicly available about their recent earnings and assets:

» Multi-campus NewSpring Church based in Anderson, South Carolina, reported $59,340,144 total income in its 2014 financial report.

» LifeChurch.tv, also a multi-site church and based in Edmonton, Oklahoma, reported closing out 2014 with total assets valued at $154,972,715.

» Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church pastor Tony Evans reported that his Urban Alternative ministry’s 2014 income totaled $8,971,167.

» Franklin Graham’s global relief organization Samaritan’s Purse reported $346,712,522 in total assets.

Joyce Meyer Ministries has:

  • Nine international offices
  • 25 field offices
  • 500 employees at its U.S. headquarters
  • 184 people working at its international offices.

Listed on its board of directors are Meyer, her husband and two sons (Dave and Daniel and David L. Meyer, respectively). Also listed on the board are: pastor Tommy Barnett; John Bevere; pastor Don Clowers; Dru Hammer; Paul Osteen; Paul Schermann; Kurt Warner; and pastor Bob Yandian.


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The Board of Directors of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. includes: (L-R) Joyce Meyer, President; Dave Meyer, VP; David Meyer, CEO Hand of Hope; (L-R) Daniel Meyer, CEO U.S. Operations; Pastor Don Clowers, Grace Church USA; Pastor Bob Yandian, Grace Fellowship Church; (L-R) Dru Hammer, Hammered Heart Foundation; John Bevere, Messenger International; Kurt Warner, First Things First; (L-R) Dr. Paul Osteen, Lakewood Church; Paul Schermann, President of FSHS & Associates, Inc.; Tommy Barnett, Phoenix First Assembly of God and Dream Centers: Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York.

A “Management Report to Supporters Regarding Compensation” addresses Meyer’s “salary and fringe benefits,” which the board of directors decided last year was $250,000, in addition to a housing allowance and contributions to retirement plans. The compensation letter, signed by Chief Financial Officer Delanie Trusty, adds that the ministry’s gross profits from Meyer’s books and honorariums received by the ministry from her speaking engagements “exceed her total compensation stated above.”


(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST) Joyce Meyer, president of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc., approved compensation was 0,000, according to her organization’s 2014 annual report. It also notes that ministry’s gross profits from Meyer’s books and honorariums received by the ministry from her speaking engagements “exceed her total compensation stated above.”

The ‘Grassely Six’ Senate Investigation

Meyer, who once described herself as “an ex-housewife from Fenton (Missouri), with a 12th-grade education,” earned a Ph.D. in theology from Life Christian University, an institution not officially recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education. She entered ministry in 1980 and shuns the title “televangelist” in preference of “practical Bible teacher.” Her Bible teaching, though popular, has been criticized by some Christians as “prosperity preaching” or “word of faith.” As her ministry comments on its website regarding word of faith — characterized by critics as the belief that one can essentially declare his or her desires into existence, presumably in alignment with God’s will:

Joyce Meyer Ministries believes in the Word of God. Joyce teaches that God has made promises to us in His Word and as believers, we should trust His promises (see 2 Peter 1:3,4 ). However, it can be damaging when people place their faith in faith alone instead of placing their faith in God. Misappropriation of God’s promises solely for personal gain is not scripturally supported.

The Missouri-based minister has also been accused of promoting a “prosperity gospel,” said by critics to place a heavy emphasis on God providing financial blessings presumably when believers donate money with that expectation in mind.

Meyer’s ministry clarifies:

Joyce Meyer Ministries believes that God desires to bless His people. Joyce teaches that God’s blessings and prosperity apply to the spiritual, emotional, physical and financial areas of life. These blessings and prosperity are then to be used to bless others (see Genesis 12:2). A “prosperity gospel” that solely equates blessing with financial gain is out of balance and could damage a person’s walk with God.

Criticism of Meyer’s alleged prosperity teaching and tax-exempt status prompted her ministry, along with five other prominent Protestant preachers, to be scrutinized in a 2007 Senate investigation. Meyer was targeted for a financial probe along with ministers Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Paula White, Eddie Long, and Kenneth Copeland, dubbed the “Grassley Six.” The investigation was led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance.

Although none of the targeted Christian ministers were obligated to comply with the Senate committee’s request for reports on their financial practices, Meyer — and Hinn — did comply.

As the Senate Committee on Finance reported four years launching its probe:

“One of the six ministries, Joyce Meyer Ministries, responded fully to Grassley’s inquiry and joined the ECFA in March 2009. Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church also provided complete answers to all questions. Both ministries wrote to Grassley to explain they have undertaken significant internal governance reforms.”

The reforms undertaken by pastor Hinn and Joyce Meyer are extensive and are to be commended,” the Senate committee stated in its 2011 review, CP reported at the time.

The remaining ministers, “Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church, Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church/Eddie L. Long Ministries, and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries submitted incomplete responses,” according to the Senate committee.

There was abuse. But I don’t want to say because there was abuse by, you know, a handful of televangelists that that’s spread among all the churches of America,

Grassley told NPR last year for its multi-part report on Christian ministers and ministries “avoiding tax scrutiny.”

Although the Senate committee’s final report “recommended tightening IRS rules on church status and strengthening laws against self-dealing and excessive compensation,” according to NPR, “Senator Grassley turned to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.”

The 2009 Senate investigation was not the first time being placed under scrutiny moved Meyer’s ministry to make financial changes.

In 2003, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch reported in a money-focused feature that Meyer owned a $10 million corporate jet and a $2 million home and that her husband drove a $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan — all of which she reportedly attributed as blessings from God.

The scrutiny by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch report and by critics prompted the Joyce Meyer Ministries board of directors to reduce her salary and change how she financially benefits from her book sales.

As previously stated, Meyer joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, founded in 1979 by evangelist Billy Graham, two years after the Senate’s financial probe was launched.

The ECFA states on its website that it “provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance.”

“Collectively, these organizations represent nearly $23 billion in annual revenue,” according to the ECFA.

The ECFA published a press release when Meyer’s ministry joined, and noted that the organization met its “Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship.” Included on the ECFA’s list of seven standards are “affirming a commitment to the evangelical Christian faith,” being “governed by a responsible board,” maintaining “complete and accurate financial statements,” and submitting financial statements to the ECFA to maintain transparency.

Both the ECFA and the IRS provide databases for the public to access the financial reports and exempt status of registered nonprofit organizations.

Joyce Meyer Ministries’ 2014 report includes a signed statement from the Stanfield & O’Dell accounting firm attesting to its opinion that the ministry “fairly stated” its claims regarding Meyer’s compensation and its claim that 83 percent of its expenses were used for “outreach and programs directed at reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The Christian Post contacted Joyce Meyer Ministries for clarification on its 2014 annual report and information about the salaries of some of its board members and was informed that the executive team was currently out of the country. 

However, Erin Cluley, managing editor and public relations liaison at Joyce Meyer Ministries, informed CP that its questions would be addressed at a future date. In the meantime, Cluely sent CP the following via email:

We are committed to Financial Accountability

ACCOUNTABILITY:
 At Joyce Meyer Ministries, we want you to be confident your gifts are being used in the best way possible. That’s why we are accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

DESIGNATED GIVING
 In the unlikely event an outreach becomes fully funded, your gift will be applied to a similar outreach in need. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent.

FINANCIAL PRACTICE
 Joyce Meyer Ministries is voluntarily audited each year by an independent public accounting firm.


July 24, 2015 | by Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter | Source: christianpost.com "Joyce Meyer, Former Focus of Senate Probe, Was Paid $250K While Ministry Earned $110.5 Million in 2014"

Talking Net’

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Day 108 of 365 [April 18, 2015]

We all need to learn how to establish and maintain boundaries with our words. Proverbs 10:19 states, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (NIV). In other words, people who talk a lot will often find themselves in trouble.

Because our words carry so much power, you and I need to learn to say only what needs to be said. I like to call it “talking net.” When we get paid, most of us get a net paycheck, everything that needs to be taken out has already been removed from the gross.

You can apply this same principle to your speech.

You need to remove certain types of words from your speech before they ever come out of your mouth. These include negative statements, gossip, insincere flattery, sarcasm and coarse jesting, or being funny in a rude way.

Instead, you can choose to speak well of others, finding and focusing on good qualities in them. They will be appreciative and encouraged, and you won’t find yourself in trouble!

Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to “talk net” and stay out of trouble. Strengthen and encourage me as I live by Your boundaries with my words. 

Proverbs 10:19 ESV

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

The Lord Is Your Strength

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Day 105 of 365

We must realize that part of Satan’s plan for end-time believers is to make us weary. Daniel 7:25 gives a vivid description of a vision the prophet Daniel received regarding the last days: “And he ‘shall wear out the saints of the Most High‘” (AMP).

But God wants you to be encouraged. Romans 8:37 (AMP) gives Christians this good news: “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” ‘More than conquerors’ means that before trouble ever starts, we already know who wins. I like that, don’t you?

We can purpose in our hearts to maintain such an intimate relationship with God through prayer and His Word that we are constantly being strengthened by the power of His promises. Intimacy with God produces strong Christians who can outlast the devil!

Live your life totally confident in God’s strength and have no fear of the trials that can produce weary warriors and fainting saints. Remain strong ‘in Him’ and in the power of His might.

Prayer Starter: God, You alone are my strength. I won’t let Satan make me a weary Christian, but I’ll remain strong in my intimacy with You.

Ephesians 6:10

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

 

Change Your Definition of Prayer

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May 7, 2015 Day 127 of 365

Have you ever heard the biblical phrase “pray without ceasing”? To many, that sounds daunting and impossible. How could anyone bow their head, kneel, and pray 24 hours a day?

If that’s what you think, it might be time to change your definition of prayer. Too often we view prayer as a very specific process that can only happen once we’ve gone to a private place and shut the entire world out.

But do you realize that even directing a thought toward God qualifies as silent prayer? It’s true! Prayer is communicating with God, so when the Bible says to “pray without ceasing” it means to always be open to communication with God. That could mean a two-hour prayer session, or it could be something as simple as being aware of His presence as you go throughout your day.

God has not made prayer complicated. He intends for prayer to be an integral part of our everyday lives. Today, change your definition of prayer, and you can experience the joy that comes from constant communication with the God who loves you.

Prayer Starter: God, help me change my definition of prayer and show me ways to communicate with You day in and day out. Thank You for Your constant presence in my life.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

17 pray without ceasing,

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Receiving the Power of God Through Prayer

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May 6, 2015 Day 126 of 365

Prayer is so powerful because it joins the hearts of people on earth with the heart of God in heaven. When we pray, we connect with God, and He affects our daily lives beyond our comprehension.

I believe prayer is one of the greatest powers available in the entire universe. That may seem like a bold statement, but it’s true!

Prayer opens the door for God to work. It is the activity that you and I can engage in on earth when we need the power of heaven to come into our lives and bring wisdom, direction, encouragement or a miraculous breakthrough. Prayer connects us to the power of God, and that is why it is a greater force than anything else we can ever imagine. Even Jesus needed to pray and receive this power when He was on earth.

Only God’s power can bring peace, instill joy, grant wisdom, impart a sense of value and purpose to a person who doesn’t know what to do in life, and work every kind of miracle.

Do you want to see that power work in your life? Then make prayer a priority.

Prayer Starter: Lord, the power of prayer is absolutely astounding. I want to connect with You and see You work in my life, so I make a commitment now to remain in a constant state of prayer with You.

Hebrews 5:7 ESV

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

 

True Love Must Give

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Everyone desires to be loved and accepted. But many of us try to find happiness the wrong way. We attempt to find it in getting, but it is found in giving. The love of God is the most wonderful gift we are given. Once it flows to us, it needs to flow from us to others; otherwise, it becomes stagnant.

Love must give because that’s its nature. First John 4:11 highlights how we must give the love we receive: “Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.”

Living in God’s true love is a process. First, God loves us, and by faith, we receive His love. We then love ourselves in a balanced way, give love back to God, and learn to love other people.

Love must follow this course or it is not complete. Once we have God’s love in us, we can give it away. We can choose to love others lavishly. We can love them as deeply and unconditionally as God has loved us.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I don’t want Your love to become stagnant in me. Help me to not only receive Your love, but to complete the process by choosing to love others lavishly.1 John 4:10-11

1 John 4:10-11 ESV

10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

You Are Never Alone

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Day 113 of 365 [April 23, 2015]
Grief and loneliness are major problems facing people today.

The two often go together because many Christians and unbelievers grieve over being lonely. In my ministry, an increasing number of people request prayer for loneliness.

God’s Word tells us plainly that we are not alone. He wants to deliver, comfort and heal us. But when you encounter painful losses in your life, you can lose sight of this simple truth.

Satan wants you to believe you are alone. He wants you to believe that no one understands how you feel, but his claims are false. In addition to God being with you, many believers understand what you are experiencing mentally and emotionally.

You are not alone now nor will you ever be, no matter what confronts you.

You may not understand much when you are hurting and the pain of loss is ripping through your soul, but know and hold on to this one truth: God loves you, and He has a future for you. Hope in Him and trust Him to turn your mourning into joy (see Isaiah 61:1-3).

Prayer Starter: God, I can’t always see through my grief and loneliness, but I know that You never leave me. Help me to remember that You are near, and guide me to other believers who I can join with to fight off the enemy’s attacks. 

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV

8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

 

God Is the Only Lasting Source

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As human beings we are created by God to be happy and to feel good about ourselves.

As a matter of fact, we must feel good about ourselves, or eventually we will develop some sort of unhealthy, uncontrolled behavior to get the good feelings we crave.

Think about it. A person who is addicted to drugs probably began using them because his pain was so intense he felt compelled to get rid of it, even if only temporarily. The same thing is true of drinking, or using food as a comfort. If we do not get good feelings from the inside, then we attempt to create them through outside means.

God created us that way and He’s the only one who can satisfy us. When we go to something other than God to make us feel good about ourselves, we’re really just replacing something real with a cheap substitute.

Whatever your emotional needs are today, know that only God can meet them. He is the only lasting source of life. Go to Him today, He’s the only One who can satisfy.

Prayer Starter: God, I don’t want to waste my time chasing cheap substitutes. You are the only One who can satisfy. Show me how to daily find my true delight and satisfaction in You and only You.Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37:4 ESV

4 Delight yourself in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

Controlling Your Tongue

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A significant key to glorifying God is controlling our tongue. Psalm 50:23 says, “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me….”

What would happen if you gave your mouth to God each day so that only godly words came from your lips? And I’m not just talking about praising and thanking God in your quiet time, or speaking positive, encouraging words over yourself. The health of your relationships depends on how you speak to, over and about others.

Psalm 34:13 says, “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” Do you lie to others? Do you insult them or speak ill of them? Or do you speak encouraging, life-giving words that bring joy to everyone you meet?

Dedicate your mouth to God and use it only for what pleases Him, praise and worship, edification and exhortation, and giving thanks. Place your lips on the altar each morning. Give your mouth to God through praying His Word: “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise” (Psalm 51:15).

Prayer Starter: Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will praise and thank You. Help me use my words to bring joy and life to those around me and to praise and glorify You.Psalm 34:13

Psalm 34:13 ESV

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

 

Learn to Take Life As It Comes

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Day 103 of 365 [April 13, 2015]

Like most people, I resist things I don’t like that I can’t really do anything about. One day the Lord said to me, ‘Joyce, learn to take life as it comes.’

I believe this is a lesson for all of us. What He was saying to me was that I needed to stop fighting the things I could do nothing about.

If we are traveling somewhere and suddenly find ourselves in heavy traffic due to an accident or bad weather, it doesn’t do any good to resist it. Only time or God’s supernatural intervention will change the situation. Why not relax and try to find some way to enjoy the time?

God has equipped us to handle life as it comes, which is why He tells us to only focus on today. He knows that if we spend time worrying about issues beyond our control, we will become tired and frustrated.

You don’t need to waste time trying to change and control things outside your power. Set your mind to what God has placed in front of you and let Him take care of the rest.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I realize that I can’t control everything, but I can trust You. Right now, I make a decision do my best with what You’ve given me and leave the rest to You.

Matthew 6:34 ESV

34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.