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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 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
Winners Want To Keep Score 792 600 The Provisum Group

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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Do Hard Conversations Promote Growth?
Do Hard Conversations Promote Growth? 792 600 The Provisum Group

Do Hard Conversations Promote Growth? Not always.  But avoiding them usually hinders growth. In church business, we are called to steward and to lead.   The stewardship side of our role is to manage the church’s assets like our own.  Stewardship requires that we do what is right regardless of the resistance to a decision.  The…

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Don’t Just Work In It. Work On It.
Don’t Just Work In It. Work On It. 1024 640 The Provisum Group

In order to become a great leader you must learn to make things better in your organization. The first way to start to make things better is to ask great questions. Great questions lead to better answers and more clarity about the true and current status of your organization. Once you have true and clear…

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Whose Mission Is It Anyway?
Whose Mission Is It Anyway? 900 598 The Provisum Group

‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. (Haggai 2:8) Simple right? But over the years I have talked with so many leaders in the church and I have noticed that financial stewardship in the church is never simple. Ask church leaders to tell you the words that pop into…

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Honor the Widow’s Mite
Honor the Widow’s Mite 300 171 The Provisum Group

  Ministry leaders are responsible to do what Jesus did—to watch over ministry finances. Jesus watched people giving in the temple and commended a widow for the great sacrifice she had made. Though she gave only two coins (known as a “mite”), she gave all that she had. (See Mark 12:41–44; Luke 21:1–4.) In the…

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If You Build It, They Will Come… Maybe…
If You Build It, They Will Come… Maybe… 300 151 The Provisum Group

  The common error of thought in many churches is, If we build it, they will come. Whether it’s a new website, a new pastoral hire, or a new strategy, churches sometimes feel that if they simply do something new they will reap the rewards. The truth is that before you decide on what you are going…

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Principles for Minding His Business
Principles for Minding His Business 208 300 The Provisum Group

Minding His Business Principle 1 The greatest cost most churches will incur is “opportunity cost” — the price of doing the safe, easy thing — or, even worse, doing nothing—instead of the “scary,” God thing. Minding His Business Principle 2 People making business decisions that impact the church or congregation need to know what they’re…

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