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What does the data say about SBC church closings?

Clay Price has been looking at church data for most of his career — in the past 15 years as researcher for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and previously for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Turn trash into treasure to become better stewards

In their continuing efforts to be better stewards of the environment and the resources of their church, the leadership at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX instituted a specific recycling program in 2007.

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Light savers: Production lighting is integral to impactful services

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Today’s churches include innovative services and events that showcase advanced multimedia technology.

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Ron Keener

Two years ago on this page (May 2006) I tried to find the truth of what I then called an urban legend in church land, namely that each year some 3,500 churches, on average, close their doors permanently.

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The IRS report is back: Are you paid too much?

As has been widely reported in media sources, in 2004 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through its Exempt Organizations Office, undertook a fairly broad investigation of the nonprofit world and its compensation practices.

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Churches can level the playing field with local government

It is unfortunate, yet not uncommon, that many local communities oppose the efforts of religious organizations who desire to build or expand their property for religious purposes.

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Excess benefit transactions will lead to excise taxes

Publicity regarding churches and ministries has fueled many questions about ministry expenses and the use of ministry assets for personal benefit that could be grounds for excise taxes resulting from excess benefit transactions.

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A pastor’s sabbatical: Siesta, study or sayonara?

“I talked about my sabbatical from the pulpit,” says Mark Brewer, pastor and head of staff at Bel Air Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, CA.

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Visitors take a test-drive on the information superhighway

Josh and Emily Jones were excited about a new church experience, visiting the Web site first. The building was attractive and an easy drive from their new house.

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The game of the name change is to align word and deed

I’m not telling your church that it should change its name. If anything, I’m telling you not to. But if you should consider changing the name of your church, you should do so slowly, carefully and with much thought and prayer.

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