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Post Christian Financial Prep
Post Christian Financial Prep 300 300 The Provisum Group

In the past forty years, The Western Church has gone from being a leading force in a Christian culture to a religious sect in a secular culture. What does this mean for church financial administrators? In Christian culture, churches and their leaders could more easily expect donations, and could afford larger church staffs and larger…

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Friction is Good
Friction is Good 300 130 The Provisum Group

Friction is a good and necessary part of life. In ministry, as we make progress in doing what we love—see people come to Christ—we are bound to get a bit banged up. We create friction. It’s not just part of advancing the ministry; it’s essential for advancing the ministry. The church, especially in the western hemisphere,…

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When To Test God
When To Test God 212 300 The Provisum Group

Malachi 3:10 says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” All…

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Price Is Not Cost
Price Is Not Cost 300 300 The Provisum Group

When we compare potential church projects, we ask, “What is the cost of this?” “What is the cost of that?” But what we are really asking for are prices. Yet in business terms, the difference between price and cost is that price is what you pay for a thing, and cost is what you give…

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How to Predict (and Grow) Giving in Your Church
How to Predict (and Grow) Giving in Your Church 300 231 The Provisum Group

  One of the most overlooked and under-utilized assets in the church is your church’s database of donors and attendees. When we fail to secure and build the database, it can be detrimental to our churches. Churches should invest in managing and maintaining their database, as it stores empirical evidence of behaviors, desires, and contact…

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Bring Your Communications Tools Out of the Dark Ages
Bring Your Communications Tools Out of the Dark Ages 300 200 The Provisum Group

When it comes to church communications, people’s preferences vary. Some prefer email; others prefer getting their updates via the church bulletin; others use social media on their smart phone; and still other use the church’s smart phone app. This is why every smart church has a “multimedia” communication strategy—so that each person has access to…

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Millennials Will Give Your Church Money (if it’s easy to give)
Millennials Will Give Your Church Money (if it’s easy to give) 300 188 The Provisum Group

  Christians need to learn to become givers, and the church needs to help them. Most people will not teach themselves to become more generous. Church leaders must teach them. Offer them multiple ways to make a positive difference in the world by their financial support. Give them various options of avenues which to give.…

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How to Capture Names Without Seeming Pushy
How to Capture Names Without Seeming Pushy 300 150 The Provisum Group

Figuring out how to capture names without seeming pushy is key. In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote one of the best books ever written on forming relationships. The book How to Win Friends and Influence People birthed one of the largest and well known leadership consulting and publishing empires and is still thriving today. In the…

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A Sailboat and the Kingdom of God
A Sailboat and the Kingdom of God 300 300 The Provisum Group

If you’ve ever been on a sailboat, you know that you can set the sails properly, but you cannot make the wind blow. In the management of the church, we can create great systems and infrastructure, but it is God who grows our churches. A healthy church will recognize its responsibility to be ready and…

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How to Manage Your Staff So that They Do What You’ve Asked Them To Do
How to Manage Your Staff So that They Do What You’ve Asked Them To Do 430 284 The Provisum Group

One of the most neglected parts of management, especially in churches, is accountability. And the most neglected part of accountability is consequences. The lack of both is slowly killing the church. Direction without accountability is like a race with no start. Accountability without consequences is like a race with no finish line. Without a start,…

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