How do I check to see if a church, ministry or non-profit organization is legitimate?

Here are some organizations that collect financial information about non-profits.

Ministry Watch

— And be sure to download their “donor alert” pdf file.

Better Business Bureau reports on charities

Guidestar collects financial reports for donors

Legitimate Charities

Snopes researches online and urban rumors


Where do I go to research a ministry’s theological beliefs?

Here are some resources that discuss both the ministry’s stated beliefs and whatever controversy they may be involved in.

The Christian Sentinel – Where Faith Meets Investigative Reporting–Jackie Alnor

Watchman Fellowship