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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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Pastors Need (at least some) Business Training
Pastors Need (at least some) Business Training 300 224 The Provisum Group

I love how seminaries train our clergy to understand the bible and how to exegete appropriately. Many of these schools even attempt to teach historically proven ministry methods. However, many higher educational institutions don’t always teach church leaders how to practically manage the organization. In my experience as a consultant, businessperson, and large church executive,…

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Making Tough Personnel Decisions
Making Tough Personnel Decisions 392 306 The Provisum Group

  Resignations and dismissals don’t necessarily need to be negative. By taking time to pay close attention to the details surrounding an employee who needs to move on, you may find that God is doing something new. If a personnel change is inevitable, try to find a way to “send” the person out to their…

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You Can Train a Dog to Climb a Tree…But Why?
You Can Train a Dog to Climb a Tree…But Why? 300 188 The Provisum Group

Church leaders are notoriously famous for hiring the wrong people. Pastors often hire people who are passionate or competent or full of integrity—but lack all three. Unqualified hires lead to poor work, poor relationships, and lack of motivation. Without using good principles when you hire people, you will be hiring tree-climbing dogs. In Kingdom work,…

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Little Numbers Add Up to Be Big Numbers
Little Numbers Add Up to Be Big Numbers 150 150 The Provisum Group

Your church’s finances are susceptible to an issue called “little numbers”. Little numbers can plague even the healthiest of local churches’ finances. Little numbers affect the stewardship of big numbers in a way you might not think. Little numbers usually affect churches when individual staff members are responsible for a ministry budget and perhaps even…

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Know Your Costs
Know Your Costs 300 227 The Provisum Group

Part 1 – On who is your church spending its money Here is a little exercise to try. Think of all the people you know who gave their heart to Jesus in your church in the last year. It does not matter how you know or what the number is. Now double that number for…

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How to Raise More Money (Part 1)
How to Raise More Money (Part 1) 300 168 The Provisum Group

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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