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Someone Will Get Mad
Someone Will Get Mad 1024 768 The Provisum Group

Four words have stopped more ministry opportunities, diverted more meetings, and ended more great ideas than any other: “Someone will get mad.” We are so accustomed to this statement, we even say it aloud in planning meetings, as if avoiding people’s anger is a top goal for our organization. Doubt is essential to the existence…

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What’s wrong with them?
What’s wrong with them? 1024 576 The Provisum Group

I recently traveled to rural Indiana.  As I was driving along I-70, I saw a billboard sponsored by a local church.  The billboard read: “Genuine Christians obey Jesus’ teachings.” While I think what was written is true, I found it very strange copy for a billboard on a major interstate. About 4 miles down the…

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This Person Will Grow Your Church
This Person Will Grow Your Church 1024 574 The Provisum Group

I want to tell you about a church service I once attended. It was Easter morning. The church was packed. As the pastor was making the weekly announcements, I could hear a young woman sitting behind me talking to a friend or family member of hers.  The whole pew was filled with her family and…

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The Cost of Tolerance
The Cost of Tolerance 1024 768 The Provisum Group

I recently received a phone call from a pastor of a 150-member church who was looking for help with his church’s bookkeeping. I asked him to describe the situation to me. It was bleak. According to him: The church donations had been growing but the church “never” had any money for anything. He had not…

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If You Took a PPP Loan, It May Be Much Easier to Get It Forgiven
If You Took a PPP Loan, It May Be Much Easier to Get It Forgiven 1024 683 The Provisum Group

During the height of the Pandemic in 2020, the United States Small Business Administration offered forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. Around 88,000 churches applied for these loans and received them. At The Provisum Group, we helped prepare the packets for all of our customer’s loan applications, and every one of them was approved…

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Not Until You Walk Across the Street
Not Until You Walk Across the Street 1024 575 The Provisum Group

A very large, prosperous church sits on a street corner in the community where it was planted over 150 years ago. Its beautiful facilities were erected over 80 years ago. The community has built up around the church, now boasting 35,000 homes within a 5-mile radius of the church, all built after the church. If…

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Could a second round of PPP money be for your ministry?
Could a second round of PPP money be for your ministry? 1024 678 The Provisum Group

If anything became clear during the global pandemic in 2020, it was that many churches were not on as solid of ground as many thought. Parishioners who attended once a month or less now had a reason to not attend. Donors suddenly were unemployed or under-employed and many simply stopped giving or reduced their gifts.…

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If you take a housing allowance, you may owe a lot more money to IRS than you think.
If you take a housing allowance, you may owe a lot more money to IRS than you think. 1024 532 The Provisum Group

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are a pastor or a leader at a church that is led by a pastor. One thing that most pastors know is that, as a minister, you are authorized to take a tax-free housing allowance. Seems easy right? Unfortunately, the IRS requires that…

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One Good Thing that Came From COVID-19
One Good Thing that Came From COVID-19 1024 683 The Provisum Group

Just so we are all on the same page. Covid-19 is a bad thing. Period. Sickness. Death. Quarantine. Closed churches. Masks. Isolation. Evictions. Divorces. Child abuse. Drug abuse. It is all bad. Unemployment is up. The economy is down. By just about any perceivable measure, Covid-19 is bad. And the Church overall suffered devastating effects.…

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The Greatest Church Outreach Opportunity in Centuries
The Greatest Church Outreach Opportunity in Centuries 970 646 The Provisum Group

“…explore the land of Canaan that I am giving to the Israelites.” We read these words in the 13th chapter of Numbers.  Just eleven months earlier, God caused Pharaoh to release the Jewish people after 400 years in bondage.  Miracle after miracle. Plagues.  Pestilence.  The parting of a sea.  Food from heaven and water from…

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