Herb Buwalda

Herb Buwalda joined the Horizons team having served 43 years in pastoral ministry as a United Methodist Church Elder followed by several years of church consulting ministry. Herb’s pastoral ministry included serving for 15 years as Lead Pastor of Clay United Methodist Church, South Bend, Indiana. During his tenure at Clay UMC, Herb witnessed the expansion of membership, worship, and mission—including the construction of a second ministry campus. Herb also served as a ministry coach and consultant for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Herb brings with him extensive proficiency serving churches of all sizes through capital and annual stewardship campaigns. His pastoral nature is perfectly suited to encourage pastors and laypeople through the campaign process with wisdom and grace. Those who are fortunate to work with Herb will immediately recognize his heart for ministry and passion for partnering with God to accomplish God-sized goals.

Herb enjoys any activity on a lake or outdoors including fishing, hiking, and simply appreciating nature. A fan of all Detroit athletic teams, Herb has experienced his share of disappointment but remains faithful! Herb and his wife, LeeAnne have two grown daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Are Your People Stumbling? Why Vision Clarity Matters.

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves Proverbs 29:18a The Message   It is common for a congregation to spend substantial energy creating a vision statement. But coming up with a clear, concise, and compelling vision statement is only...

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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.


In this newest video from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Clif shares his perspective on who should know what people give to the church and why it’s important. If your church leadership has ever disagreed about who should have access to the church’s giving list, this brief video will provide insights and answers to this controversial topic.



The Power of Thanks: Four Practical Ministry Funding Impact Strategies

The Power of Thanks

One of the most powerful tools you have for growing giving is saying thanks! Contributors to your church’s ministries should know you are grateful for their support. Saying thanks expresses gratitude, grows giving, and makes you feel good. It only takes a few minutes to say, “Thanks for giving!”

Four Practical Strategies that Will Significantly Impact Your Ministry Funding

Watch The Power of Thanks to learn four practical strategies that will significantly impact your ministry funding from Horizons’ Managing Partner, Joe Park.



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25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving

Take your church’s giving to the next level and start the new year strong. These 25 big ideas from Horizons Stewardship will help you get there. If giving was flat, the number of church donors has declined, or your ministry for 2019 is not fully funded, these 25 ideas offer the strategies you’re looking for.


Engaging and keeping givers is a huge struggle for most churches, and the competition for charitable dollars continues to be fierce. If you want to grow giving and see your vision become a reality, 25 Big ideas offers the help you need in this free download.



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