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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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Leaders need to pay close attention to the final 403(b) regulations

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) issued revised final regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 403(b) in July of 2007.

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Passion, purpose and excitement fill ‘One Minute Manager’s’ life

On one level Ken Blanchard is an academic, entrepreneur, management guru and author whose books have sold 18 million copies in 30 languages, including his first, The One Minute Manager (1982).

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In the church labeling business, contemporary doesn’t mean a lot

Some of the biggest misconceptions in the American church today come as the result of the labeling of individual churches. Churches have always been labeled.

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