Clif Christopher

Beware of the Goat! And Delight in the Savior!

Several years ago, my wife and I took our three-year-old granddaughter to a recreated Bethlehem walk at a local church. We walked through displays of artisans and families recreating life in Bethlehem. We stopped at an animal petting pen where my granddaughter... read more

Horizons Stewardship’s Response to Hurricane Harvey

Horizons Stewardship was founded on the core principle that God’s blessings, given to each of us, should be used for God’s work in the world. From its brutal beginning, our hearts and prayers have been with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. And we know we are called... read more

The Real Mission

Last week I spoke at a United Methodist Conference. This is the time of year when Methodists do these things and I am usually found speaking at one or two. It is always an honor. At the conference, a man came up to me to ask a question. “Nice job,” he began. “Now, I... read more

3 Common Mistakes that Will Reduce the Success of Your Next Capital Campaign

2017 is turning out to be a busy year for capital campaigns for a number of churches. I know my office has been busy fielding calls nearly every day from pastors or laypersons inquiring about obtaining help with a campaign. I am running into issues with several of... read more

What Now? The Budget.

As it does every year about this time, my phone starts to ring from worried pastors. Easter has passed and all of the focus of Holy Week now shifts to the balance of the year. Pastors and laity both shift their eyes to the business end of the church: the budget. In... read more

Time for Your Annual Campaign

It is now time for you to begin your annual campaign.  It is April and you need to get ready now.   How can this be?  Most of you have scheduled an October or November campaign.  April does seem a bit early.  After all, you do not have a good feel yet for what income... read more

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Talking about Money and Ministry Giving to religion fell 3.7% (inflation adjusted) in 2018* as people continue the trend of shifting giving away from the church to other non-profit organizations.  How we talk about money and ministry in the church is one of the...

Three Prescriptions for Curing a Scarcity Mindset

Do you hear things like, "Money is tight! We need to tighten our belts?" Or "People are giving all they can. We can't ask them to do more?"   If the answer is yes, then your church may be afflicted with a scarcity mindset.   In this video, Kristine Miller,...

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