Charity Review

  • Issued: September 2014
  • Expires: September 2015

St. Matthew's Churches

Did Not Disclose

918-582-7167

Post Office Box 3036
Tulsa, OK 74101

http://www.saintmatthewschurches.com

918-582-7167

Post Office Box 3036
Tulsa, OK 74101

http://www.saintmatthewschurches.com

Did Not Disclose

BBB Comment

This charitable organization either has not responded to written BBB requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity participation in BBB review is voluntary. However, without the requested information, it is not possible to determine whether this charity adheres to all of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB encourages charities to disclose accountability information beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, in order to demonstrate transparency and strengthen public trust in the charitable sector.

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Charity Response

In response to the Alliance's request for information, St. Matthew's stated, in part, that:

“St. Matthew's Churches is a church, not a charity.  The Church at no time makes any charitable outreach in any of its literature that it sends out, and the Church never makes any representations as to any charitable use of its funds.  The Church does provide its members, as all churches do, an opportunity to worship through tithes and offerings, yet the Church never makes donations a requisite for membership in the Church or a requirement for receiving the Churches' literature.  The Church provides everything to the public for free.  While some churches have subsidiary religious organizations that are charities and are subject to reporting requirements, this Church has no such entity or subsidiary.

In addition to conducting its weekly Church services, the Church mails millions of pieces of religious mail nationwide annually and is mindful of the fact that the Better Business Bureau receives numerous complaints concerning the Churches' mail sermons...Any person who asks that their name be removed from the Churches' mailing list will have their name immediately removed.  They may receive one or two additional sermons which were already in the mailing system.”

The Alliance notes that both the Alliance and BBBs from across the country have received public inquiries from individuals who have received direct mail letters from this organization.

 

Complaints

Number of complaints processed by the BBB in the last 36 months:    19

Mailing List Removal

The organization addressed the complaint issues brought to its attention:  19

The organization did not address the complaint issues brought to its attention:     0

(These complaints involve individuals seeking to have their name and address removed from the organization's mailing list.)

 

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