Joel Mikell


Joel Mikell served more than 25 years as a Pastor of Worship and Music in the local church. Since 2000, he has served the local church through the ministry of stewardship and generosity. As a Senior Vice President and Partner at Horizons, his passion for this ministry comes from seeing churches experience profound spiritual growth and individual lives transformed through stewardship journeys built around prayer and scripture.  A gifted leader, teacher and motivational speaker in the field of relational, holistic stewardship, Joel feels a deep calling to serve the local church by helping them steward and resource their vision to reach people for Christ. Since 2000, Joel has assisted more than 170 churches in raising over $600 million.

Joel is the author of Crafting a Theology of Stewardship (and why your church needs one) and is co-author of Church Giving Matters and The Ministry of Giving which is the only book of its kind that focuses on ministering to financial leaders in the church outside of a campaign.

Joel received a bachelor’s degree in Music from Troy University and a master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary. He did post graduate work at the University of Georgia. A resident of Shelby, North Carolina, Joel is the husband of Donna and father of Cindi, Jeremy, and Jenni. In his spare time, he enjoys writing music, running, hunting, bass and fly-fishing, and participating in outdoor activities of all kinds. He especially enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren, Alexis, Addison, Carter, Savannah, Colton and Lillianne. Joel and Donna are actively involved in their church in Shelby leading a small group Bible Study and participating in the Music Ministry.

What You Need to Know About Debt Campaigns

Recently, I was reading through a magazine for church leaders when a quote in one of the articles caught my attention. The quote was, “Donors don’t give to pay down debt.” Having been personally connected to dozens of debt campaigns that have raised in excess of $170...

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Four Strategies to Accelerate Summer Giving

For the church, the summer can be one of the most exciting times of the year from a ministry and Kingdom impact perspective! Months of planning culminates in annual summer events – Vacation Bible School, Children and Youth Camps, Mission Trips, leadership retreats,...

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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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