Clif Christopher

Founder and President

Clif founded the Horizons Stewardship Company in 1992 following a challenging career in pastoral ministry.  He serves as the company’s CEO to this day.  In his twenty years as a pastor, he led numerous major building and capital campaigns.  Since founding Horizons, he and his strategists have led consultations in over 2,000 churches, conferences, synods and diocese in all phases of building, finance, and church growth.

Dr. Christopher is a certified church growth consultant and has earned the coveted title CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive).  In 1995, he was given the National Circuit Rider Award by the United Methodist Church for outstanding leadership in developing vital congregations.

Under Clif’s leadership, Horizons Stewardship has helped secure several billion dollars for churches.  He has personally worked in over 42 states and is a frequent speaker at stewardship seminars around the country.  He is the co-author of the book Holy Smoke, the author of Not Your Parents’ Offering PlateWhose Offering Plate Is It?Rich Church – Poor Church and The Church Money Manual published by Abingdon Press.  Dr. Bill Easum, noted consultant and author, said, “No one knows more about local church stewardship than Clif Christopher.”  Mega church pastor, Adam Hamilton said, “When I have a stewardship question, I call Clif Christopher.”  Foundation director, David Atkins said, “Clif is one of the most effective communicators in the field of church fundraising today.”  Author and highly successful pastor, Mike Slaughter said, “Clif Christopher is one of the top authorities on church finance and stewardship in America.”

Clif has been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church since 1975, is a combat veteran of the Gulf War and is married and living in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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When to Hire a Capital Campaign Consultant

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The Top 5 Ways To Accidentally Reduce Church Giving

In my over forty years of ministry, I have never heard a pastor say he/she has more money than the church needs. I have certainly found pastors who shared that their people were very generous or that they had out-given their budget, but never that they had too much....

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Are you inviting your members to contribute from all three pockets of giving? Many churches focus on the annual pocket and neglect to consider the other two--capital and estate pockets. In this next video in the Giving Intelligence Series, Listen to Dr. J Clif...

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Who Should Know What People Give?

Who Should Know What People Give?

Clif Christopher, Horizons’ Founder and author of Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, discusses the most argued-about stewardship topic in the church today: who should know what people give.   In this newest video from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Clif...

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Do You Know What Motivates People to Give?

Do You Know What Motivates People to Give?

Horizons is pleased to announce the launch of Giving Intelligence -- a video series offering helpful advice from the Horizons team of generosity experts. Leading off is Horizons' Founder, Clif Christopher, author of several books on giving including, Not Your Parents'...

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Book Review: God vs. Money by Clif Christopher

Book Review: God vs. Money by Clif Christopher

In his book, God vs. Money, Horizons' founder, Clif Christopher draws on his experience as a member of the US Army to create a powerful metaphor intended to examine a potent enemy of the church—greed. In his typical direct, take-no-prisoners communication style,...

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