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Church Bells in a Steeple - The Church must make a connection
Why Don’t The Bells Ring Anymore?
Why Don’t The Bells Ring Anymore? 1024 576 The Provisum Group

Last week I was talking to a pastor in Texas who was interested in learning more about how to grow his church in the 21st Century. We spoke at length about his connection strategies, how his church was connecting with the neighborhood and his relationship with the surrounding community leaders. At one point the conversation turned…

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Find the persAEvangelist hearts grow churchon with the evangelist's heart and grow your church
Grow your church through the evangelist’s heart
Grow your church through the evangelist’s heart 958 639 The Provisum Group

I want to tell you about a recent church service I 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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Congregation in a large church
Do this one thing this Easter and more visitors will come back.
Do this one thing this Easter and more visitors will come back. 650 430 The Provisum Group

Easter is this weekend, but I don’t need to tell you that. You and every other pastor in the country have been preparing for one of their largest services of the year. Some may be finalizing their sermon while others may be making sure that their worship leader or chancel choir are ready to wow…

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Appeals Court Judges Gavel
Court Brings Closure to Housing Allowance Legal Challenge
Court Brings Closure to Housing Allowance Legal Challenge 1024 683 The Provisum Group

Over the past year, I have been tracking a legal battle that has been fought over the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance. Last year a federal court in Wisconsin ruled that the ministerial housing allowance was unconstitutional and that the benefit was to be treated as taxable income. My team at The Provisum Group…

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The Theology for Church Growth
The Theology for Growth
The Theology for Growth 1024 683 The Provisum Group

Since the day Jesus ascended to heaven, Christians have been commissioned to go into all the world and make disciples of all people. This apostolic mission is one of the most important faith tenets that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of…

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Clergy Compensation Comes Under US Tax Court Scrutiny
Clergy Compensation Comes Under US Tax Court Scrutiny 1024 682 The Provisum Group

I recently learned of another court ruling that further clarifies how clergy are compensated.  Now I am no accountant and I encourage you to always consult a licensed CPA, like those at The Provisum Group, for tax advice. The US Tax Court & Board of Tax Appeals recently released a decision against two Minnesota husband-wife…

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The number one thing churches can do to get visitors to come back
The number one thing churches can do to get visitors to come back
The number one thing churches can do to get visitors to come back 640 426 The Provisum Group

A few months ago, I was talking with a pastor friend of mine who was lamenting that his church was having trouble getting more visitors to come back to his church. By all accounts, it sounded like he was doing everything right. He had his most enthusiastic members on his welcome team. It appeared he…

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Ministerial Housing Allowance Goes Back To Court
Ministerial Housing Allowance Goes Back To Court 1024 682 The Provisum Group

As President of The Provisum Group, I lead a group of talented professionals who manage the finances of churches and faith-based charities across the country.  Every day, we have to ensure compliance for our clients with laws, regulations and judicial precedents of a multitude of different federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. There is one situation, however,…

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Update on Constitutionality of Housing Allowances
Update on Constitutionality of Housing Allowances 570 379 The Provisum Group

Late last year a federal judge ruled that the housing allowance received by clergy was unconstitutional. With the passage of new tax laws at the federal level and in light of this ruling many pastors are asking themselves, “what happens now?” I wanted to share with you some information put together by the ECFA that…

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Winners Want To Keep Score
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My three adult sons were all year-round athletes in high school. My wife and I were endlessly sitting in hot, smelly gyms or on cold rainy sidelines for almost twenty years. My kids grew up in a generation where everyone got a trophy. My generation taught the next generation that winning is just showing up.…

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