Clif Christopher

Stress on the Shepherd

No Good Pastor is Immune from Stress No good pastor is ever going to be immune from stress. We have a deadline to speak for God in front of numerous judges every seven days. Families in some of their most crucial and trying times want to lean on us for answers that... read more

How to Turn Your Annual Campaign into a Disciple-Making Strategy

An Annual Campaign During the time I was a pastor, I always did pre-marital counseling. I would have the couple come see me for two to three sessions. We would go over what Christian marriage was as a commitment between two persons. We would cover various expectations... read more

Four Ways to Make Stewardship a Worshipful Experience

Stewardship as a Meaningful Part of Worship Stewardship isn’t something that just happens during the second weekend in October. Jesus talked more about money than heaven and hell. Why is that? Because money is an outward, measurable expression of what we really... read more

When to Hire a Capital Campaign Consultant

Hiring a Capital Campaign Consultant A capital campaign is a very important initiative in the life of a church. There is a lot at stake when a church chooses to take on a capital campaign effort. The thrill of being able to pay off debt or build your new sanctuary... read more

How to Avoid Making an Awkward Financial Ask

You Are Not Alone. Avoiding the Awkward Ask. If the thought of asking someone for money makes you feel awkward or uncomfortable, you’re not alone. There is a general reluctance among church leaders to talk about money. But you shouldn’t let reluctance keep you from... read more

What Church Leaders Need to Know About New Giving Trends

Ten years ago, in Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, I voiced my concern that giving to religion, as a share of overall giving, had fallen significantly over the last several decades and was half of what it once was. At the time, the giving trends indicated that... read more

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