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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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Digital Evangelism: The Tipping Point
Digital Evangelism: The Tipping Point 1024 656 The Provisum Group

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
Staying Connected While Staying Apart 1024 683 The Provisum Group

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
CARES ACT Update 1024 637 The Provisum Group

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.
Corona Virus: How Your Church can Thrive in These Troubled Times. 800 600 The Provisum Group

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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