The VIPP Report: A retired pastor talks about two things many places of worship are dealing with during COVID-19 which are ‘faith’ and ‘finance’

Did you ever wonder what it takes to keep a place of worship open?  From services, events to meetings from both its members and the community.

In times of uncertainty many depend on their faith to get them through difficult times.   It’s the one place we were taught in this generation that the church is the one institution you could depend to be open.

Many understand that extreme measures were needed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but many religious organizations will need to turn to more than their faith but now finances or should I say the lack of finances.

Congregations across Kentucky were already struggling with the increase in expenses and the decline in membership and visitors. Now, in these times will many survive the shutdown?

Without the constant of tithes, offering and donations many across the Commonwealth they must seek funding just to keep their doors open.

With so much on everyone’s plate churches are missing the collection plate being passed. I’m sure anything you can give will help them in ways you have no idea.  Many are still trying to assist members and many of the church’s leadership are reaching into their own pockets to keep some programs going.

Whether you go to your place of worship once a week, once a month and/or once a year bills still need to be paid.

IMG_6666Rev. Alex C. Shanklin, retired pastor as pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church located in the Smoketown neighborhood in Louisville, KY.  Prior to retiring Shanklin and members of the congregation paid off their mortgage and held a mortgage burning ceremony on February 28, 2016.   Shanklin served as pastor for 35 years.


The VIPP Report:Louisville business opens to assist with credit repair


(Louisville, KY) With a major concern with the economy and so many people are worried about their finances and how to rebuild their credit.  Now, there’s a new business that will help you rebuild, repair and rebound your credit score.  Jackie Bailey and the Levels Consulting Firm, LLC cordially invites you to the Open House/Grand Opening for their Financial Education Service Department on Friday, February 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The “Cocktails and Credit” mixer will be held at the Levels Consulting Firm, LLC located in the heart of Downtown Louisville headquartered at 312 S. 4th Street, Site #709. Guests will get a private tour of the facility and you can discuss your personal needs with a team member.

Coach Bailey and her staff are trained to help boost your credit score and restore credit report by such tools that allow rent payments to be reported on credit report as a positive trade line or legally challenging certain qualifying items to be deleted or updated in credit report with the assistance of credit attorneys.

Baily says “Credit can be complicated and overwhelming it’s designed to hold people back if they don’t take the time to educate themselves. I coach people to score big enough for home ownership, reduced car insurance premiums, lower interest rates on a car or business loan.  My financial education service (FES) department has put my company on the map because we have the ability to get the harassing calls by debt collectors stopped.

Levels Consulting Firm, LLC also work to be proactive by helping our youngest consumer.  Youth ages 10 years of age to 18 years old will learn about money, savings and credit through their financial literacy foundation.  The wealth building program is to assist with generational wealth so they do not have to start from scratch.  In 2016, the foundation awarded $150,000 in scholarships.

If you would like to setup an interview, please contact VIPP Communications. If you are unable to attend, please consider announcing and/or posting on your event calendar.