Joel Mikell

Partner

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 200 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

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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7 Ways To Demonstrate The Key To Generosity Is Purpose

7 Ways To Demonstrate The Key To Generosity Is Purpose

Purpose (noun) -- the reason for which something is done or for which something exists. Not a bad definition even if it came from Google, wouldn’t you agree? Many church leaders struggle with fostering a more generous congregation. The key to generosity isn't...

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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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