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Dr. Clif Christopher, MDiv, CFRE, is the CEO of the Horizons Stewardship Company. He is a certified church growth consultant and has earned the coveted title CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). Christopher founded the Horizons Stewardship Company in 1992 following a challenging and rewarding career in pastoral ministry. Since founding Horizons, he has led consultations in more than 400 churches, conferences, synods, and dioceses in all phases of building, finance, and church growth. For the last 10 years, Christopher has secured more than $500 million for his clients. He has worked in more than 32 states and is a frequent speaker at stewardship seminars around the country. He is the author of several books including Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, which was published by Abingdon Press. Christopher has been an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church since 1975. He is a graduate of Hendrix College and Emory University. Christopher and his wife have four children.  He lives in Cabot, Arkansas.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426710135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426710131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Curt Dolinsky on March 14, 2011
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This book should be read by every Pastor or church administrator. It will realign your perspective on why people give and how to generate more giving from the congregation. It also offers 10 practical things you can do right now to get started. I really appreciated it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2011
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Cliff Christopher does an excellent job of reminding us what we have been doing wrong for many years in the church. His work in the not for profit sector also reminds us of how competitive the giving business has become, and what the church must do to be current.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Smith on April 13, 2014
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This is a great follow-up to Clif's first book with many practical suggestions and examples. I recommend you read "Not Your Parents Offering Plate" first and then this one immediately after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fletch on July 25, 2012
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Mr. Christopher makes a compelling case for a new approach to church fund raising, with concrete suggestions and a new vision for the role of the pastor in this process. As a lay person and current co-chair of my church's finance committee, I found this book to be inspiring about what the modern church can do to stay relevant in today's world. This approach is not primarily about money, but rather about how we can convince people that being a part of a faith community is integral to being a mature Christian. I hear a lot about having a personal relationship with Jesus from various sources, but I believe we cannot fully be in communion with God unless we accept that we are a part of the body of Christ. In other words, we need to be connected to other believers - working, serving, loving, worshiping, studying, etc. with them. I think this book promotes that view, too, and I was very glad to receive its message. I look forward to trying to implement this program in our church!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottSears on December 5, 2012
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This book opened my eyes to many of the things we have allowed to be neglected in churches as they talk about and practice stewardship which have led to dismal giving numbers. It was a wake up call to changes I needed to make as pastor and gave good direction on leading the Finance Team towards those changes. One member who read this book told me was the first book about church giving that made sense to him! Thanks!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hal Mayer on December 1, 2011
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I read the authors first book and thought it was incredible. This book seems to be a rehashing of the same stuff. So if you read the first one- you are probably good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mossy on March 19, 2014
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Good follow-up to 'Not Your Parents Offering Plate' author goes into greater detail answering some questions from first book. Would definitely recommend.
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By Randall Day on May 19, 2015
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There are some good ideas in this book but the overall sense of it belies another era - when highly authoritarian, patriarchal church leaders could take a "father knows best" approach to their infantilized congregations. The overall approach is one that would dramatically undermine trust and cross boundaries of confidentiality - robbing the parish of credibility. This is an anxious book written in a time of dramatic change. What is needed is a far more thoughtful and reflective approach that truly engages the change that has come to all US religious institutions.
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