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from CBS News:

As the Televangelist Kenneth Copeland continues to defy a Senate Finance investigation, internal ministry documents shed new light on how Copeland runs his $100 million church.
Church bylaws obtained exclusively by CBS News say Copeland is “empowered to veto any resolution of the Board” concentrating all key decision-making power in the televangelist.

The bylaws indicate the president of the board is Copeland but Copeland’s family members also play a critical role. His wife is the vice president. The senior pastor, secretary and treasurer roles are filled by Copeland’s son-in-law. The operations vice president and CEO slots are both filled by Kenneth Copeland’s son, John. Other documents previously obtained by CBS indicate in addition to family members there are ten other members of the church’s board.

“My first reaction was that Kenneth Copeland was a control freak,” says William Josephson, the former head of New York State’s Charities Bureau after reviewing the Kenneth Copeland Ministries bylaws.

“Because control is vested in him and his family to the exclusion of any alternative source of authority and it is very unusual,” Josephson tells CBS News.

And the many donors to Copeland’s ministry have no say in how the ministry functions. According to the bylaws the church “shall have no class of membership entitled to vote.” Josephson says that with the exception of Catholic parishes, this is also unusual. “Most churches are congregational and the authority comes from the congregation. They are the ones who approve who becomes the pastor and who succeeds the pastorate.”

Another ministry document filed with officials in Tarrant County, Texas, indicates the church spent $28 million on salaries in 2006. $13.3 million went to administrative staff. Former employees tell CBS News the Copelands have about 500 employees on staff at their sprawling Ft. Worth, Texas, compound. In a prior broadcast Copeland said his ministry takes in about $100 million a year in revenue, leaving the unanswered question of what the church does with the remaining cash flow.

Copeland has refused to provide Senate investigators with any of these financial details.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries CEO John Copeland recently went to the local IRS office to offer cooperation should the IRS conduct a church-tax inquiry. Copeland has said repeatedly that it is the responsibility of the IRS to police church-tax issues and not the business of Congress.


Written by tfheringer

June 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I have to agree with Copeland that it is the IRS’ responsibility. To date, there has been NO evidence of wrong doing by these ministries. Copeland is standing up for the bigger picture here. Future implications could something to be feared if Grassley is granted this kind of invasive power.

    Almost Friday

    June 12, 2008 at 7:02 pm

  2. I was unable to make an email to the previous comment so we will use this means. If you will look at this article I made no comment one way or the other, but if I had made a comment it would have been along the lines of what follows.
    I am not so sure that Copeland knows what the big picture is. If he does, then his actions give me the impression he is hiding something. I made no comment one way or the other to this post it was for purposes of information only. However, my concern among others is that the believers today lack any kind of discernment. I would think that simple common sense would say watch out for Copeland like ministries, but apparently a church where the congregation has no vote is not a warning. Elders who have multi million dollar incomes and live in the lap of luxury are also something that should be a warning. It is no where taught in the Bible that elders could be like the Copelands for an example. I am an elder, but I would have problems with being wealthy. It does not fit in any sense. I have been frugal of late for approving comments, because many people out there have no idea of what is happening in churches and try to defend people who do not earn a defense. I consider the defense of the Faith once delivered unto the saints to be of prominent need at the exclusion of no other. I consider Copeland at odds with the faith once delivered unto the saints and for that reason say nothing in support of him. I am concerned about how things that are said in this whole issue are effecting how the world sees Christians. I am concerned when we are all thrown into the same pot, even though we disagree on major points


    June 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm

  3. Hi,

    Great site!

    On Copeland, see and click on demo… Justin spoke at my church and comes highly recommended by my pastor, Dr. John MacArthur.


    June 25, 2008 at 8:37 am

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