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Digital Evangelism: The Tipping Point
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Shortly after World War I, a popular song captured an important question that is relevant again today, “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?).”  The concern at that time was whether American soldiers from rural areas would come back home to work the farm after they’d experienced the city…

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The Levee is Breached, and the Water is Rising
The Levee is Breached, and the Water is Rising 1024 682 The Provisum Group

Recently, I was talking with a pastor of a medium-sized church who, like every church in America, was struggling with low giving during the coronavirus pandemic. He was worried that he wouldn’t be able to keep their local mission projects running, let alone pay the church’s mortgage and he didn’t know what to do. I…

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Staying Connected While Staying Apart
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It has been almost one whole month since my church and many of the churches that we serve here at the Provisum Group closed their doors and encouraged their parishioners to stay at home. While some churches have chosen to stay open, the vast majority of churches in the United States have decided to stay…

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CARES ACT Update
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I have spent the morning on the phone with bankers and faith-based accounting professionals.  What I can tell you now is no one is sure how to apply for the Payroll Protection Program provision of the CARES Act approved last Friday.  Our law requires that the government print the regulations and procedures within 15 days…

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Corona Virus: How Your Church can Thrive in These Troubled Times.
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We are living in unprecedented times. Many local leaders have asked the church to temporarily close her doors for the good of the population. Only in a pandemic could not gathering to worship God be considered “the right thing to do.” While we are all concerned, I think it is safe to say most people…

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Is She “Allowed” in Your Church?
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I recently met a young woman I’ll call Katie. She is 23 years old and a single mom. She has two sons by two different fathers. She lives alone and struggles to put food on the table and a roof over their head. She is also a repeated victim of domestic violence. Katie asked me…

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The IRS made changes that will probably cost pastors and ministry leaders money
The IRS made changes that will probably cost pastors and ministry leaders money 1024 682 The Provisum Group

While the world was counting down to the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service was making changes to the US tax code that could take money out of the pockets of pastors and ministry leaders. In addition to regular annual adjustment that we expect to see, they made a change that affects almost every person…

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Raise More Money
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Remember that during His earthly ministry, Jesus talked more about money than He did about heaven or hell. We aren’t afraid to ask people to love their neighbor, to serve others, or to read their Bibles. We just don’t want to ask them to give money. Money is important to God for only one reason—because…

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The Truth About Connecting with Newcomers
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You can’t pastor a church, own a company, or be a boss and not have some mercy and grace in your heart. People make mistakes, but people are all we have, so we learn how to accommodate the frailties. And yet, at some point, someone in your organization has to care about quality and reputation.…

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Define Your Brand
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When we talk about your church’s “brand,” we are not talking about a logo, a slogan, or a mission statement. Your brand is what you want your saints and disciples to say to their friends and neighbors. Your brand is what you want the community and the neighborhood to say about your church.   A typical…

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