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The issue with Parachurch Organizations – Especially Ones Founded by Women, part 3

By Elizabeth Prata

Part 1

Part 2

Today is part three of a look at parachurch organizations, and a review of the second of two of them. In part 1 I looked at what parachurch ministries are and why so many go off the rails. In part 2 I looked at a particular parachurch organization, called The Yada Factor. Today in part 3 I look at Transforming Center. I was asked about Yada and Transforming Center by readers and I’m glad to answer their question in these reviews. Tomorrow I’ll conclude with some thoughts in general about parachurch organizations

With the parachurch ministry I review today, I give a thumbs down. Not recommended.

Something you’ll notice with many ministry corporations, is that they promise overblown things to its customers. Christine Caine’s A21 organization is seeking to eradicate sex trafficking in the 21st century. While it is good to minister to women and children who have been abused in this way, please note that sexual immorality has been with us since Genesis 4 when Lamech took 2 wives. Christine Caine is not going to abolish it. Such abolitions will not occur until Jesus returns and rights all wrongs then makes all things new.

Grandiose promises

I include the section here on grandiose promises because such statements reveal much about a founder’s view of her position before Christ. Manyof these parachurch ministries by women make huge claims and promises as their foundational mottoes. For example, with Jennie Allen’s If:Gathering we see that

“We exist to gather, equip & unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” That is a surprising statement, because Apostle Paul didn’t even do that.

Christine Caine has made a wonderful statement if true:
“A21 is abolishing slavery everywhere, forever. Together, we are eradicating human trafficking through awareness, intervention, and aftercare.”

But sadly, eradicating sex trafficking would mean that sexual sin no longer existed, and that will only happen when Jesus returns. Her claim is overblown.

Jamie Ivey is her own brand now, and says “Ivey Media, LLC is a media company committed to creating content that encourages. We believe stories change the world, and we work hard to share stories with listeners, viewers, and readers.”

She is big on personal stories, and it is fine to share your own story, but it isn’t stories that “change the world”. It isn’t personal anecdotes. The world is the world. God is allowing sin to corrupt it, satan is the temporary god of it (2 Corinthians 4:4) and will be until Jesus comes to remake the world. Until then, Jesus changes hearts and souls. We don’t change the world.

Disciple a generation…eradicate sex trafficking…change the world.

Now, we see magnificent promises from the Transforming Center (TC).

We exist to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. (Source)

Humans ‘creating space for God’ is not only mystically nonsensical, it is unbiblical. God goes where He wants.

We serve leaders of purposeful communities – churches, non-profits, and businesses – who long for new rhythms that allow them to flourish in their life and leadership. (Source, same as above)

Watch out for organizations that promise something “new”. Jesus is still building the church and it is the same church with the same mission He announced to Peter in Matthew 16:18 and everywhere else in the Epistles and Acts. He is the same Jesus. The church of Jesus is old and it is the same as it was, or should be.

Man’s chief aim is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. That is why we exist. The biblical ecclesiology was delivered once for all to the saints, and if someone claims to be creating something new in the way to approach our walk with Jesus, it is an overblown claim which will draw you away from the biblical church.

Ecumenical approach

Grounded in a highly ecumenical approach, we reflect and welcome the diversity that is present in the body of Christ. Our gatherings include leaders from all denominations, a variety of businesses and many organizations

Watch out for ecumenical organizations that refuse to honor doctrinal distinctions. Doctrine divides, because it should. Any organization that accepts everything stands for nothing. The founder of Transforming Center Ruth Haley Barton has a degree from Loyola, a Jesuit Catholic University and shares her delight in discovering the Catholic Liturgical year and joined the “modern liturgical movement“. You are getting a muddy doctrinal soup with the TC.

Yet the Bible has many verses warning believers not to teach or absorb doctrines that are not in His word. Doctrine matters.


The resources promoted and used by Transforming Center are mystical in nature. Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Phyllis Tickle, Catholic mystic Joachim of Fiore. Not to mention books promoted by the Center that are authored by false teachers like Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, a “skilled practitioner of the Enneagram”, James Cone, whom Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker of the Just Thinking podcast call the ‘antichrist of black liberation theology’, and other Catholic/Orthodox devotionals and material.

God opposes mysticism. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)


Many of the women involved with The Transforming Center are ordained pastors, have operated in leading ecclesial positions, or have doctorates in pastoral ministry. Founder Ruth Haley Barton “has served on the pastoral staff of several churches.”

Board of Directors member Vicki Degner “For many years she served as Pastor of Formational Life at Church of the Open Door.” Another Board member simply calls herself “Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker,” an ordained minister “who has as served as an associate pastor for a congregation of over 10,000 members, and as an assistant pastor of a small faith community.” She is also affiliated with “Daughters of Thunder, a collaborative effort that supports, nurtures, and empowers female clergy of color.”

Staff member Tina L. Harris “is ordained in the United Methodist Church.”

Yet Jesus said women may not teach or hold authority in church over men, but are to remain quiet. (1 Timothy 2:12)

Spiritual Formation

The TC is heavy on spiritual formation. Their aim is to rejuvenate pastors and leaders who want to see their congregations grow. However, spiritual formation is not the way to do it. I understand pastors and leaders occasionally need a rest and a retreat, this is wise. However to retreat to an ecumenical center run by rebellious women is not the way.

Founder Barton quotes Richard Foster from his Renovare journal. Here is GotQuestions with more infomation on Spritual formation a la Renovare.

And more info on spiritual formation itself: What is the spiritual formation movement?

Remember, Founder Barton earned her degree from a Jesuit Catholic University. Are Roman Catholics Christian?

Is ecumenism good or bad? Answer: Together Against Ecumenism


If you are a pastor looking to rejuvenate, there are more solid retreats to help you do this. The Transforming Center is not recommended.

I hope if you review part 1, 2, and this part about parachurch organizations, you can see that while many of them do well honoring Christ’s name, do good works in the world for His name, many of them that are founded by women are simply steam valves offering an ambitious or rebellious women a place to usurp, feed her flesh, or promote false doctrine. Be careful when following one or participating a parachurch ministry founded by women. Look beyond their “About” claims in order to determine if this is actually outsourcing your own discipling of women in your local church and compromising your own learning.

Further Reading

Nine Marks of a Healthy Parachurch Ministry

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The issue with Parachurch organizations – especially ones founded by women part 2: Yada Factor

By Elizabeth Prata

Part 1

Part 3

The issue with Parachurch organizations – especially ones founded by women part 1

Yesterday I discussed some of the pros and the many cons of “Parachurch Organizations,” also known as Christian ministries. These are Christian organizations founded for a purpose- some with a social justice emphasis such as Christine Caine’s A21 which aims to to end sex trafficking, or disaster relief like Samaritan’s Purse.

Others are founded by women in order to inspire women to discipling and fellowship, and it is these which most often go off the rails. One of the issues with parachurch organizations is often its lack of accountability, said Carl Trueman in a 9Marks essay. When a parachurch organization, or ‘ministry,’ is founded by women, led by women, teaches discipling, focusing on emotions, well, you have a cauldron of elements ripe to bear bad fruit. IF:Gathering is one example, Living Proof Ministries is another.

Another issue I have with parachurch organizations is that they often end up competing with churches instead of supporting local churches. Walk to Emmaus is an example of this. Some even end up supplanting the local church, where women feel if they’ve done a course or joined a group, that ‘counts’ for church.

Today’s review is one of these parachurch ministries founded by women, focusing on discipling, and is off the rails. I was asked to look into The Yada Factor and The Transforming Center. Today let’s take a look at The Yada Factor. Tomorrow I’ll look at The Transforming Center


The very first thing a woman is confronted with when going to The Yada Factor’s website is this statement:

Yada is a Hebrew word that the ministry founder says it means ‘to be known by God’ in case you’re wondering about this organization’s title.

Yada introduction video below for your perusal. What usually follows a claim of teaching you to ‘hear God’s voice’ is an emphasis on how noisy this world is, so you are missing out in hearing it. I’d like to point out here that the world has always been noisy and stressful. In 25 BC the city of Rome had a population of 1 million.

This is the ancient Rome Paul wrote to the church. Now imagine these CGI streets thronged with people. Noisy. Stressful. So, they missed out on hearing God’s voice also? No. Source

It is no more so now than it ever was. It is a fallacy to think that God cannot cut through the ‘noise’ and the ‘stress’ to make Himself heard. Saul was busy going all over Asia Minor killing Christians, but God simply spoke and His voice tossed him to the ground. Moses was going about his business when he saw a burning bush and a voice emerged from it. Amos was in the fields busy herding when God called. Jonah didn’t even want to hear the voice of God but God got through to him.

Don’t fall for the error being taught today that we are so busy and stressed we will miss God’s voice- but THIS ministry or THAT organization has the secret key to hearing it. He spoke worlds into existence. He can make himself known, IF prophetic speaking was even going on today- which it isn’t. He spoke and He is now quiet, because:

God, having spoken long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,2 in these last days spoke to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds, (Hebrews 1:1-2).

So immediately your discernment radar should be alerted to anyone saying they hear the ‘voice of God’ or will teach you to cut through the clutter in order to hear the ‘voice of God’.

From 2021 Tax return we read that Yada Factor: “Despite the hardships of 2020 we see how God prepared YadaFactor to help people find intimacy with Him from the comfort of their homes. Using YFE, The YadaFactor Experience, an on-line course designed to help people hear God’s voice personally through Scripture and share in community.

No. You will not hear God’s voice personally.

The YadaFactor experience (“Experience”, another buzz word. Christianity is not an “experience” to be had but a God-glorifying life to live via an identity God gave us) is rife with promises that God is just waiting in the wings to speak to you directly and personally, if you just adhere to the 7-week course then try real hard to listen for God’s promptings and intimate revelation to you as you write your own thoughts down in a notebook.

I would sit by the fire, open the Bible to wherever my fingers took me, ask the Lord to speak and I would write. I journaled like a crazy woman with many tear soaked papers. ~Founder Deb Csutoros

Since God is not speaking now because the canon is closed, the Yada student will inevitably feel disappointment. God is not speaking. The student will wonder and wonder why this isn’t working. She will wonder if the impression or prompting she thinks she received is really from God or not. Only disappointment and confusion will result from seeking intimacy with God by waiting to hear His voice, even if the course is allegedly ‘based on the Bible’. It’s based on unbiblical premises, a one size fits all template, and run by women whose foundational motto is psychologically based and emotionally driven.

Now, the Yada factor experience promotes some good things. They want you to seek a closer relationship with God, to pray diligently, to read your Bible, and to share your biblical insights gained with sisters in Christ. All these are good things. It’s how a “ministry” like this hooks you.

Instead of a shepherd’s hook, many of these ministries offer a fishing hook disguised as a shepherd’s hook. Shepherds bring you into the fold. Ministries with false promises only hook you to lure you away.

It is the church where you seek fellowship, deeper knowledge of God, and discipling.

It’s all about me, my wounds, my trauma, my emotional well-being

What happened was, the three women who founded it were meeting and discussing their struggles in an environment where they ‘felt safe’, didn’t try to correct one another, and felt free to be genuine about their doubts and fears. This is a good thing, as they shared what they had been learning from their daily Bible study. But the bad thing is, we are supposed to do that within the local church. If you feel you can’t be genuine with one another in your own church, such as to share insights, confess sins or struggles, knit together in a bond of the Word of God, then what is your church about? And if you feel comfortable with friends outside of church and meet to discuss things in an emotionally secure atmosphere, that’s great, but why start a whole ministry to draw others away from their own church?

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16)

being devoted to one another in brotherly love, giving preference to one another in honor, (Romans 12:10).

We are supposed to be ‘one anothering’ within our own church, not meeting random women through a flat screen on Skype.

Looking into the credentials of the women who co-founded Yada Factor, we see one of them earned a

Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016. She has been counseling in private practice since 2009 and she integrates the tools from this ministry into the counseling process to encourage clients to hear God’s voice and lead them from pain to healing. Her dissertation sought to learn how to create post traumatic growth with those whose religious beliefs collided with their trauma where many question God and need to find resolve and healing. The outcome of her study has helped her to offer a model of processing…

That ‘model’ seems to have been a 12-step program. We read in the Yada Factor’s material:

Pegi’s 15 years of experience as an Al-Anon member has greatly influenced the forming of YadaFactor…

What started as a Christian twelve step Bible study eventually transformed into an intimate fellowship based entirely on God’s Word.

What is a 12-step program?

The basic premise of the 12-Step model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from the substances or behaviors to which they are addicted, says

“Scripture does what psychoanalysis can’t do — it pierces the heart, penetrates deep into the soul and judges the motives. To see yourself in the light of Scripture, is to see yourself as you really are.” ~John MacArthur

I applaud anyone who has earned a doctorate, but I’d love to know about how the founder’s ‘model of processing’ helps people overcome years of sorrow and pain after experiencing trauma. I’d love to know how her degree in clinical psychology intersects with her Christianity and whether she believes in the sufficiency of the Bible as a healer for ills. Too often clinical psychologists dispense Christian advice though a secular worldview. We already know that she does not believe totally in the sufficiency of the word, since the ‘Experience’ relies on teaching personal revelation from God. Their thrust seems to be focused on the individual and her healing, rather than getting to know our Great God through His word.

I can summarize it this way: ‘Learn how to hear God’s voice, SO THAT you can use Him to focus on yourself and your need for emotional healing from trauma.’ Their emphasis seems to be on using God to help you get beyond trauma, rather than learning more about who God is.

In this way, God becomes a vehicle, rather than the Alpha & Omega.

Ladies, you don’t need a 12-step phycological model overlaid onto the Bible to help you with your doubts, fears, addictions, emotions about God. You need God and you need each other in church.

And the emphasis on emotional wounds is very present while the words sin, sin nature, and repentance are absent from the material I read. Thus it is very man-centered even though there are promises the Yada Factor student will get to know God better. If the focus is on your own trauma, the only person you will get to know better is yourself. And who hasn’t been traumatized by life? Some more than others to be sure, but we live in a sin-soaked world run temporarily by satanic powers. We ALL need to look up, not within.

Where are you, ladies?

My usual concern with women-founded and women-led ministries is that these women aren’t at home, and it’s a problem because if they are rebelling against scripture in that, what else are they rebelling about?

All three ladies of The Yada Factor are long-term married women with grown children. Great. But they should be focused on the home, children (even though grown) grandchildren, and husbands. Their bios show that Yada Factor is not the first corporation they led, each of them have been very busy outside the home in careers they labeled ‘Christian ministry’.

In fact, Deb Csutoros worked for ten years while her children were small, “as Founder and Director of a faith-based nonprofit helping teenage girls recover from sex trafficking.” She got so overwhelmed and tired, she eventually resigned, rested, only to pop up and start another parachurch organization in Yada when she felt better. (source)

  • Cindy Chamberland, founder. Licensed professional counselor bio: you should read it.
  • Debbie Csutoros, founder blog essay. You should read it.
  • Pegi Richardson, founder: specialty- spiritual formation. Pegi belongs to a church (yay!) but the church identifies the wife of the main pastor as part of the leadership team (no). “…is part of the leadership team of Boca Raton Community Church, serving alongside her husband, Pastor Bill

My Reactions to Yada factor: Conclusion

  • First, they are a parachurch organization, something which often just ends up competing with the local church. It’s your pastors and elder women and friends in the church who are supposed to do what these women say they do- pray with you, develop trust, ‘do life’ together, etc. Your CHURCH, not some coaching ladies trained in a faraway place. You can’t “farm out” Titus 2.
  • Second, it’s pointless to create a template for pursuing holiness. Sanctification is not not a template one size fits all, 12 steps, do this. A woman who has learned how to be a coach through Yada teaching you AND a bunch of other women from different churches, denominations, life experiences all at once is not the way. Get to know your local women in your church. Gather with them. Create memories, share experiences, teach each other by living example. Gather corporately, pray with each other, sing, and read the word and good Christian books together. A Yada coach is a clinical template that the Bible has no example for.
  • You have no idea what church the flat-screen, Yada coach guiding you belongs to, if they belong to one at all. You don’t know their doctrine.
  • Thirdly, their mission and vision is off: OUR VISION: Everyone knows and hears God. OUR MISSION: Helping people know it is possible to hear God personally through reading, writing, and sharing scripture. No. God is NOT speaking these days.

My advice is to make a commitment to the ladies of your OWN church. You begin the modeling of a woman who bravely shares real things- your sins, your struggles, your fears, if such groups are not present already. Listen to other women, really listen. Model one anothering by coming alongside in prayer, in love, and in dedication to sharing the glories of Christ from what your own pastor has taught you. Stay away from ministries alleging to bring you intimacy with God through a clinically trained coach’s flat screen teaching you to search for a non-existent voice that will not speak.

Further Reading

Gender roles: What about parachurch ministries?

What is the spiritual formation movement?

How parachurch ministries go off the rails

What Should You Do With Your Diagnosis? Responding Biblically to Mental Disorder Labels

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The issue with Parachurch organizations – especially ones founded by women

By Elizabeth Prata

Part 2

Part 3

A parachurch organization is a Christian ministry that operates outside the local church’s governance and funding. Some work closely with a church, others are loosely connected, and still others seem to be separate from any oversight from a local church.

While laudatory in many cases, some of these organizations increasingly draw women away from their home church, infuse them with false doctrine, and re-seed them back to their church to infect it.

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Examples of parachurch ministries

GotQuestions defines a parachurch ministry this way: “The definition of a Christian parachurch ministry is “a Christian faith-based organization which carries out its mission usually independent of church oversight.”

Some different types of para-church ministries are, those involved in evangelism (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Child Evangelism Fellowship), discipleship, (The Navigators, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship), Bible dissemination (Gideons International), disaster relief (Samaritan’s Purse), medical helps, domestic violence shelters, and so on. Christian book publishers and Bible translators are also considered a para-church organization. RC Sproul’s is a parachurch organization designed to have a primary focus on the theological education of laypeople.

The Church is where it’s at

The positive with some para-church organizations such as radio ministries, Bible dissemination, or missions organizations are that the Gospel can be introduced in closed countries or places devoid of a church. The downside to a parachurch organization is that many of them lack oversight. Some discipleship parachurch organizations even become a substitute for church.

Yet, Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:14 of the church that it’s “the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

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The local church is to teach-

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2).

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching(1 Timothy 4:13)

Parachurch organizations did not exist during the time of the first century church, so the Bible doesn’t mention them. Acts 2:42 outlines principles of the purpose of the church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

The church is the pillar, and Jesus is the cornerstone of it. Our entire focus should be life lived in and around our home church.

It goes without saying that believers should be a member of a church, submitted to elders and faithfully attending. There is no such thing as a Lone Ranger Christian. Each of us has a spiritual gift given to us by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of edifying each other within our local body of believers. Staying outside the confines of church life is a denial of the gift and makes a hole in the global tapestry Jesus is weaving. Not to mention failing to participate in the ordinances: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.

Our focus for our believing lives on earth should be the local church. If your church has raised up men to lead Bible studies, great, or women who disciple as per Titus 2, super. If you have classes or structures in place teaching for children and youth, that’s wonderful.

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Ladies, watch out

Sadly, some women look elsewhere than their own church for fellowship, prayer, or Bible study. They gravitate toward parachurch organizations. Some do so simply because they were invited by a friend, and being curious and with servant attitude, follow her friend to the organization to try it out. Those are the organizations to which I take exception to, the ones rife with false doctrine and slyly begin to substitute for the local church. Upon first reading of these parachurch organizations, they sound good. Their aims and goals sound solid. Healing, discipleship, fellowship, what is wrong with that?

Nothing…until you look deeper and you realize healing, discipleship, and fellowship are a church function. And then you look further that these organizations are founded on something other than the word of God. Many of them are based on experiences, half-biblical truths, or ecumenicalism of the worst degree, where false religions’ doctrines are introduced.

Jesus promised to build His church- Matthew 16:18. The weekly global gathering of true believers would find expression in local congregations, where Jesus promises to build them up. It is in these congregations, if they adhere to a biblical ecclesiology, that men would be teaching and leading.

Ambitious or dissatisfied women who want to teach and lead in ways the Bible does not prescribe, find that their unbiblical ambition is able to be satisfied by founding an organization outside the church. These ministries, by definition, usually have no connection to or spiritual association with a local church. Jesus did not promise to build a parachurch.

Yet many of these parachurch ministries founded and run by women seem to have women who have no connection to a local church. Many of their About pages don’t list that the women even belong to a church. Or if they do, and you look at their speaking schedules, you see that they miss most of the Sunday gatherings per year because they’re on the circuit. Or they are just very busy, well, running the parachurch organization to attend church, or even to minister to their own families.

Many parachurch CEOs don’t realize at the outset just how MUCH their ‘ministry’ will impact their family time, not to mention their church attendance. EPrata photo

Again, not all parachurch ministries are bad. Some are good. Answers in Genesis is an evangelical parachurch organization. So is Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These operate independently of a church. Grace to You is a parachurch organization directly connected to a church. This author writes,

While I do not desire to denigrate excellent Christian ministries that function outside of local church oversight (I was saved through a parachurch ministry, I went to one for college and seminary, and I currently work at one), it must be asserted, based on the Scripture we examined above, that these ministries, no matter how large or effective or well-managed, owe their very existence to the institution Christ established two-thousand years ago. Without the church, there would be no organization to stand beside it. (Source)

Yet the parachurch organizations that go wayward, as it says in the article below, can do damage for years.

J. Mack Stiles in this 2011 article said: “The standard cliché for parachurch is that it’s not the church, but an arm of the church. Yet historically, that arm has shown a tendency to develop a mind of its own and crawl away from the body, which creates a mess. Given the grand scope and size of many parachurch ministries, those which go wayward can propagate error for years: missionary organizations become gyms, heretical seminaries pump out heretical pastors, and service organizations produce long-term confusion between the gospel and social action.”

As some para-church ministry grow, they take on a life of its own, disown the local church, and crawl off, drawing the unwary with it. They end up competing with the church instead of supporting the church.

As this phenomenon has increased, para-church organizations have confused the global body about what the church does as these organizations take on more of the roles the Bible says what the church should be and do. Granted, many churches have abandoned their calling to evangelize, disciple, and serve the community, but it is not for parachurch organizations to pick up the slack. It is not for parachurch organizations to become a kind of church that supplants the called church. Many of these are founded for ‘discipling’ purposes, co-opting a role reserved for the church.

Worst of all, it is my contention that many of these parachurch organizations that are female founded, female led, as a result, are petrie dishes of false teaching, only to slither out of the dish and propagate itself like leaven into real churches.

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Carl Trueman on parachurch organizations, describing 2 ways they go off the rails. One way is rampant ecumenism. Here is the other way they go off the rails:

Parachurch Organizations Rarely if Ever Have Proper Structures of Accountability

The second reason parachurch groups go awry is that they rarely if ever have proper structures of accountability. The New Testament makes it clear that the appointed custodians of the faith are the elders, men specially selected because of their qualities of character, ability, and reputation, who have a special duty to safeguard the faith and practice of the church. Parachurch groups have no such biblically sanctioned structure, and many of them have not thought carefully about the framework of accountability needed to remain orthodox. Further, they tend to be run by the self-appointed, or by people with money, or by those with a can-do attitude. (Source)

Many of the worst of the worst are parachurch organizations founded by women and they are the worst because they hardly ever have an accountability structure. Indeed, these women CEOs should be sitting in their own church quietly learning (1 Timothy 2:11) and asking their husbands at home. (1 Corinthians 14:35).

Examples of women- founded parachurch organizations gone off the rails from the start

  • If:Gathering was founded by Jennie Allen on an alleged direct revelation by “a voice from the sky” her words, who started IF to discuss feelings about the Bible (not what the Word means, but how they feel about it).
  • Walk to Emmaus, a weekend retreat, was developed by women, it’s all about forcing an emotional reaction to the blowout personal experience at the end. Catholic doctrines are laced throughout the weekend teachings.
  • Proverbs 31 Ministries was started by Jennifer McHugh but expanded in 1995 when Lysa TerKeurst and Marybeth Whalen came on board. The women who are part of this organization partner with false teachers and preach to men.
  • Going Beyond was founded by Priscilla Shirer, for the purpose “not only to see all understand His written Word but for all to experience His Power!”
  • Raechel Myers founded She Reads Truth and “invites women of all ages to engage Scripture through curated daily reading plans, as well as online conversation led by a vibrant community of contributing writers.” It “started as a small group of strangers on the internet who wanted to be more intentional about reading God’s Word.” Fellowship and teaching through a flat screen? No thanks. The Bible knows none of that. Experiential parachurch ministries founded by women are sadly too common.
  • Living Proof Ministries, founded and led by Beth Moore, teaches false doctrine, has no accountability, and refuses doctrinal or lifestyle correction.

And now we have two more female founded and led parachurch ministries that have recently come to my attention and I was asked to review, “The Yada Factor” and Ruth Haley Barton and her Transforming Center. Tomorrow: The Yada Factor.