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We are a member of the National Association of Evangelicals. Please visit their homepage for information pertaining to the NAE.

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We are a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We adhere to the ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship listed below. If you would like more detailed information, please visit ECFA.

Ripe for Harvest Staff Members Are Held Accountable To:

  • International Field Director
  • Regional Field Director
  • Individual Field Accountability Partners
  • Ripe for Harvest Board of Directors
  • Personal Ministry Partners
  • RFH President and/or his representatives.
  • Members of the NAE and ECFA and are their standards

ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship:

Standard 1

Doctrinal Issues – Every member shall subscribe to a written statement of faith clearly affirming a commitment to the evangelical Christian faith or shall otherwise demonstrate such commitment and shall operate in accordance with biblical truths and practices.

Standard 2

Governance – Every member shall be governed by a responsible board of not less than five individuals, a majority of whom shall be independent, who shall meet at least semiannually to establish policy and review its accomplishments.

Standard 3

Financial Oversight – Each member shall prepare complete and accurate financial statements. The board or a committee consisting of a majority of independent members shall approve the engagement of an independent certified public accountant, review the annual financial statements and maintain appropriate communication with the independent certified public accountant. The board shall be apprised of any material weaknesses in internal control or other significant risks.

Standard 4

Use of Resources and Compliance with Laws – Every member shall exercise the appropriate management and controls necessary to provide reasonable assurance that all of the member’s operations are carried out and resources are used in a responsible manner and in conformity with applicable laws and regulations, such conformity taking into account biblical mandates.

Standard 5

Transparency – Every member shall provide a copy of its current financial statements upon written request and shall provide other disclosures as the law may require. The financial statements required to comply with Standard 3 must be disclosed under this Standard.

A member must provide a report, upon written request, including financial information on any specific project for which it has sought or is seeking gifts.

Standard 6

Related-party Transactions – Every member shall avoid conflicts of interest. Transactions with related parties may be undertaken only if all of the following are observed:

  1. a material transaction is fully disclosed in the financial statements of the member;
  2. the related party is excluded from the discussion and approval of such transaction;
  3. a competitive bid or comparable valuation exists; and 4) the member’s board has acted upon and demonstrated that the transaction is in the best interest of the member.
Standard 7
Stewardship of Charitable Gifts
  1. Truthfulness in Communications. In securing charitable gifts, all representations of fact, descriptions of the financial condition of the member, or narratives about events must be current, complete, and accurate. References to past activities or events must be appropriately dated. There must be no material omissions or exaggerations of fact, use of misleading photographs or any other communication which would tend to create a false impression or misunderstanding.
  2. Giver Expectations and Intent.  Statements made about the use of gifts by a member in its charitable gift appeals must be honored. A giver’s intent relates both to what was communicated in the appeal and to any instructions accompanying the gift, if accepted by the member. Appeals for charitable gifts must not create unrealistic expectations of what a gift will actually accomplish.
  3. Charitable Gift Communication.  Every member shall provide givers appropriate and timely gift acknowledgments.
  4. Acting in the Best Interest of Givers.  When dealing with persons regarding commitments on major gifts, a member’s representatives must seek to guide and advise givers to adequately consider their broad interests. A member must make every effort to avoid knowingly accepting a gift from or entering into a contract with a giver that would place a hardship on the giver or place the giver’s future well-being in jeopardy.
  5. Percentage Compensation for Securing Charitable Gifts. A member may not base compensation of outside stewardship resource consultants or its own employees directly or indirectly on a percentage of charitable contributions raised.

Steve Hines

Steve and his wife Brenda work in Asia, helping the poor and reaching out to the lost. They are involved in the care of destitute children and widows, and they support pastors and their ministries in small villages. Also, they dig wells to bring clean water to those in need. Formerly, they were teachers before starting a full-time ministry in Russia and other places in 1995. Now, Steve also serves as the President of Ripe For Harvest, doing this since 2018, which he enjoys. They have two grown girls who are married and, so far, they have one grandchild.

Tim Smith

Dr. Tim A. Smith has spent 25 years in parachurch ministry (Billy Graham Organization, Sports World Ministry, the Jesus Film with Campus Crusade) and 25 years in the Pastorate having just retired after serving Apache Wells Community Chruch in Mesa Arizona for 15 years. Having been raised on the mission field himself, he has had a “heart for missions” for many many years. He received his DMin degree from Bethel Theological Seminary with a concentration in missions.
In addition to his parachurch ministries and pastoring he started Ripe for Harvest in 1979 (known then as White Harvest Missions). He sensed the need to provide a mission sending agency that would allow the individual missionary to choose his/her mission field assignments with their respective gifts, skills, training, and call to missions rather than applying to the traditional agency and told where to serve. Now, 175 missionary families are serving in 37 countries of the world.
He and his wife Mary have three grown children and live in the Central Coast of California.

Ed Tafflinger

Ed Taflinger has been associated with Ripe for Harvest since 1981. Ed graduated from UCLA with a degree in Business Administration.
He worked for California Federal Savings in Southern California and San Diego until 1981. Ed wanted to be involved full time in work that centered on Christ. Ed joined Campus Crusade for Christ in 1982 in the School of Theology working with Ron Jensen and having a close association with Vonette and Bill Bright. Ed went to Russia with the Jesus film when it premiered there. In 1990, Ed began running the Arrowhead Springs campus for Crusade helping with the orchestration of the many outstanding conferences that used the Arrowhead Springs facilities. Before retiring from Crusade, Ed was involved with Church Dynamics for several years. In 1996, Ed became a full-time staff member with Ripe for Harvest. Ed retired in 2001 to aid his wife Betty Ann with the care of aging parents and most of all to enjoy his ten grandchildren and adult children. In 2007, he lost his wife of 52 years. In 2010, he married Katy Davis of San Luis Obispo. Today, Ed continues to be a part of Ripe for Harvest as a member of the Board of Directors.

Betty Parlet

Betty Parlet has faithfully served as board secretary for the past 6 years. Betty’s background includes small business owner for over 30 years, service to her home church on various boards and committees for the past 17 years, and active and current member of the P.E.O.
(The P.E.O. Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1961 to encourage tax-deductible giving to various educational and charitable projects)
She loves to garden and travel, has 2 married daughters and 6 grandchildren.

Dan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter, a graduate of Taylor University and Denver Seminary began his ministry career conducting evangelistic crusades. He soon realized that in addition to his ‘heart for ministry’ he had a ‘head for marketing’. Before the birth of their second child, he and his wife moved to Minneapolis which led to 10 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as the director of the Church Film Ministry. Under his unique leadership and creative marketing style, that division grew from 3,000 to over 40,000 film showings per year. He also developed the Seven Laws of Market Strategy and used the principles from this proven program for the next 30 years while working with parachurch ministries, Christian publishers, businesses and individuals.
As a member of the Board of Directors of Ripe for Harvest, his experience has been extremely valuable in getting the ministry message out to both missionaries and donors. He has particularly enjoyed the occasions when he has been able to personally visit missionaries in their fields of ministry. Dan and his wife live in Arizona and have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Ken Abbot

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