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How to Help Low Performing Employees In Your Church
How to Help Low Performing Employees In Your Church 300 144 The Provisum Group

  I sympathize with pastors who are faced with the issue of a difficult employee. On the one hand, parishioners often have affection towards the difficult employee who is in question. On the other hand, however, many parishioners do not always see the interworking of the staff and how an employee’s difficult and negative presence…

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Using Empirical Evidence Can Help Prevent Unnecessary Conflicts
Using Empirical Evidence Can Help Prevent Unnecessary Conflicts 300 90 The Provisum Group

  Empirical evidence is the key to keep a cool head in your church ministry. It actually helps prevent unnecessary conflict. Here’s why. Those who conduct the business of church ministry have a God-given duty to be the voice of empirical reason at the table. Now, I want to be clear here: The foundation of…

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How Churches Can Win with the IRS (Part 1)
How Churches Can Win with the IRS (Part 1) 300 200 The Provisum Group

Churches are not completely exempt from “rendering unto Caesar” what is due. If you are a pastor at church, you are not permitted to claim ignorance on these issues. It isn’t foggy. It isn’t unclear. The IRS has made known the laws and regulations for churches and will hold you to account whether you’ve taken…

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How Churches Can Win with the IRS (Part 2)
How Churches Can Win with the IRS (Part 2) 300 200 The Provisum Group

As we discussed in Part 1, Churches are not completely exempt from “rendering unto Caesar” what is due. If you haven’t read part 1, start here. We’re going to pick up where we left off. Fourth, I closely check the church’s revenue. If the church is receiving income unrelated to the exempted purpose of the organization—income…

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Mentoring: Where Young and Old Collide
Mentoring: Where Young and Old Collide 284 300 The Provisum Group

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain Wisdom is the byproduct of experience. Experience is the…

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Three Hiring Strategies to Increase Business Expertise in Your Church
Three Hiring Strategies to Increase Business Expertise in Your Church 300 225 The Provisum Group

The church is not a business. The church just conducts business. This is a difficult reality for certain churches to grasp. Some church leaders want to believe that no business acumen is required for running a church. While minimal business involvement may work some missional-style expressions of church, there are still many other churches that…

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When Business Acumen and the Pastor’s Vision Collide
When Business Acumen and the Pastor’s Vision Collide 555 417 The Provisum Group

If an undertaking is meant to create margin, someone at the table has to talk about such practical considerations as price, cost, and return on investment. A committee will tell you, “These are the must-have.” “This is a have-to.” The voice of business wants to cut “must-haves” and “have-tos” in order to create margin that…

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Conflict Isn’t Always Bad
Conflict Isn’t Always Bad 1024 640 The Provisum Group

Conflict isn’t always bad. In fact, it’s often a catalyst for growth.   High-capacity leaders have a tendency to create friction with one another. Yet if a leader stewards this type of tension, it has the potential to lead to new growth in the organization. But let’s be real here and say that human beings…

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