First and always a pastor, Scott is currently a Partner and Senior Vice President with Horizons Stewardship. He has over 20 years of experience in stewardship development, capital campaigns, vision discernment and conflict management. Prior to his time in consulting, he was a local church pastor and the Director of Stewardship for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a national stewardship consultant, he has worked with a wide variety of denominations including United Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic.
Dr. McKenzie passionately believes stewardship is ultimately a question of faith development and discipleship. As a national workshop leader and conference speaker, he teaches stewardship as “grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer and lived in faith.” He holds degrees from Messiah College and United Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. is in spiritual formation from Duquesne University. He lives in York, Pennsylvania.
Scott is the co-author of Climb Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship and Bounty: Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church.
Scott’s new book, Generosity Rising: Lead a Stewardship Revolution, is now available.
Whether in a capital campaign, annual giving, or planned giving program, generous giving happens when people believe your organization is changing people’s lives. Sadly, most churches try to grow giving by presenting data, finance reports, and line item budgets. This...read more
Stories about outrageous and extravagant generosity inspire me. Just a few weeks ago, an older woman told me how excited and privileged she felt about giving a generous gift to her church’s capital campaign. Vera went on to say, “The truth is Scott, I probably won’t...read more
At some point during the year, despair sets in. Giving is falling behind and expenses are exceeding budget. If something isn't done soon, next year's programs will have to be cut. The ship is sinking quickly. But before despair sets in, consider a different way to...read more
An epidemic of Biblical proportions is significantly impacting churches of today. Currently sweeping across the landscape of Christianity, this epidemic disables and ruins countless churches every year. This deadly disease is debt. The debt epidemic begins innocently...read more
What if you could inspire a revolution in how your church thinks about money? What if people were to join you in a generosity movement? It all begins here: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created in the image of a loving, giving, and...read more
You’ve begun the generosity revolution and are doing the generosity dance! Before you invite people to join the revolution, you need to know exactly what you are asking them to do. What will be the generosity team tasks? Remember what your generosity revolution is all...read more
You’ve taken a leap of faith and made the decision to be a revolutionary leader in generosity … not just a lone nut. Now it's time to recruit a generosity team for your church. Who is going to help you lead your congregation? You have prayerfully looked at the giving...read more
So, you want to lead a revolution. What does it require? If you don't want to just be a lone nut, you've got to recruit the right generosity team. Remember the video from last week’s post, the shirtless dancing man and the words of Derek Siver? If not, here they are...read more
This is part 1 in a 4 part series. You read all the books on generosity and stewardship. You attend all of the workshops on giving. But nothing changes: finance teams call for budget cuts and pleas for increased giving fall on deaf ears. Like many churches, you have...read more
Ed note: This is the first post in a new series for the month of August entitled, "Why Generosity Matters to The Future of Your Church." Over the next several months, we at Horizons are going to publish a weekly idea on how to develop a more grounded and effective...read more