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If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are a pastor or a leader at a
Just so we are all on the same page. Covid-19 is a bad thing. Period. Sickness. Death. Quarantine. Closed churches.
“…explore the land of Canaan that I am giving to the Israelites.” We read these words in the 13th chapter
Shortly after World War I, a popular song captured an important question that is relevant again today, “How Ya Gonna
Recently, I was talking with a pastor of a medium-sized church who, like every church in America, was struggling with
It has been almost one whole month since my church and many of the churches that we serve here at
I have spent the morning on the phone with bankers and faith-based accounting professionals.  What I can tell you now
We are living in unprecedented times. Many local leaders have asked the church to temporarily close her doors for the
I recently met a young woman I’ll call Katie. She is 23 years old and a single mom. She has
While the world was counting down to the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service was making changes to the US
Remember that during His earthly ministry, Jesus talked more about money than He did about heaven or hell. We aren’t
You can’t pastor a church, own a company, or be a boss and not have some mercy and grace in
When we talk about your church’s “brand,” we are not talking about a logo, a slogan, or a mission statement.
In order to grow, one thing has to happen: The church has to interact with more people. Then we need
Church Growth Magazine Premier Issue
I am humbled that over 60,000 pastors and ministry leaders are connected with me and this ministry. I take the
Church Payroll Services
At The Provisum Group, we perform payroll services for churches and faith-based charities all over the country. It is our
Effective Church Communication
At The Provisum Group, we provide virtual staffing solutions for churches and faith-based charities. We primarily provide services in the
Does your church appear in search engines?
It is no secret that churches in America are struggling with church growth. Fewer people attending fewer services, fewer times
Growing a church in the twenty-first century
I was ordained in a faith tradition of spiritual fathers and sons. As I was going through my ordination process,
Church Bells in a Steeple - The Church must make a connection
Last week I was talking to a pastor in Texas who was interested in learning more about how to grow
Find the persAEvangelist hearts grow churchon with the evangelist's heart and grow your church
I want to tell you about a recent church service I attended. It was Easter morning. The church was packed.
Congregation in a large church
Easter is this weekend, but I don’t need to tell you that. You and every other pastor in the country
Appeals Court Judges Gavel
Over the past year, I have been tracking a legal battle that has been fought over the constitutionality of the
The Theology for Church Growth
Since the day Jesus ascended to heaven, Christians have been commissioned to go into all the world and make disciples
The Provisum Group CPAs can help with tax advice
I recently learned of another court ruling that further clarifies how clergy are compensated.  Now I am no accountant and
Connect with Church Visitors
A few months ago, I was talking with a pastor friend of mine who was lamenting that his church was
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As President of The Provisum Group, I lead a group of talented professionals who manage the finances of churches and faith-based
Late last year a federal judge ruled that the housing allowance received by clergy was unconstitutional. With the passage of
My three adult sons were all year-round athletes in high school. My wife and I were endlessly sitting in hot,
Do Hard Conversations Promote Growth? Not always.  But avoiding them usually hinders growth. In church business, we are called to
In order to become a great leader you must learn to make things better in your organization. The first way
Avoiding Detours Created by Diversions
‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. (Haggai 2:8) Simple right? But over the
  Ministry leaders are responsible to do what Jesus did—to watch over ministry finances. Jesus watched people giving in the
  The common error of thought in many churches is, If we build it, they will come. Whether it’s a new website,
Minding His Business Principle 1 The greatest cost most churches will incur is “opportunity cost” — the price of doing
I love how seminaries train our clergy to understand the bible and how to exegete appropriately. Many of these schools
  Resignations and dismissals don’t necessarily need to be negative. By taking time to pay close attention to the details
Church leaders are notoriously famous for hiring the wrong people. Pastors often hire people who are passionate or competent or
Your church’s finances are susceptible to an issue called “little numbers”. Little numbers can plague even the healthiest of local
Part 1 – On who is your church spending its money Here is a little exercise to try. Think of
Remember that, during His earthly ministry, Jesus talked more about money than He did about heaven or hell. We aren’t
If you want to raise more money, you need to learn about the different ways that money can be raised
People will visit your church for lots of different reasons, but they stick around because of the relationships they form
The reason for hiring people with experience is because they have had “experiences”. If those people had only victories, they
In real life, business really must be just business. Business isn’t personal unless someone makes it personal out of a
In the past forty years, The Western Church has gone from being a leading force in a Christian culture to
Friction is a good and necessary part of life. In ministry, as we make progress in doing what we love—see
Malachi 3:10 says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me
When we compare potential church projects, we ask, “What is the cost of this?” “What is the cost of that?”
  One of the most overlooked and under-utilized assets in the church is your church’s database of donors and attendees.
When it comes to church communications, people’s preferences vary. Some prefer email; others prefer getting their updates via the church
  Christians need to learn to become givers, and the church needs to help them. Most people will not teach
Figuring out how to capture names without seeming pushy is key. In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote one of the best
If you’ve ever been on a sailboat, you know that you can set the sails properly, but you cannot make
One of the most neglected parts of management, especially in churches, is accountability. And the most neglected part of accountability
Price is Not Cost When your desire is to win people to Christ, then the primary cost to be concerned
Every church needs to buy goods and services. How do you know if you’re getting a good deal? Get bids
  Does your church struggle to get things done?  Do you measure performance by how well-liked a person is or
I wanted to update you on a court case that may have a huge impact on you and your ministry.
  Two important options to offer on every digital communication tool your church you uses are: (1) “Would you like
  Malachi 3:10 says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test
  I sympathize with pastors who are faced with the issue of a difficult employee. On the one hand, parishioners
  Empirical evidence is the key to keep a cool head in your church ministry. It actually helps prevent unnecessary
Churches are not completely exempt from “rendering unto Caesar” what is due. If you are a pastor at church, you
As we discussed in Part 1, Churches are not completely exempt from “rendering unto Caesar” what is due. If you
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old
The church is not a business. The church just conducts business. This is a difficult reality for certain churches to
REYNOLDSBURG, OH – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of The Provisum Group of Reynoldsburg,
If an undertaking is meant to create margin, someone at the table has to talk about such practical considerations as
Conflict isn’t always bad. In fact, it’s often a catalyst for growth.   High-capacity leaders have a tendency to create