Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship  -     By: J. Clif Christopher
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Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship

Abingdon Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Why would a young professional man of faith make a substantial gift to a community youth center---but not to his own church? That is the crux of Christopher's pragmatic guide as he examines why people donate. Learn about the three pockets of giving and the top 10 things you can do now to increase stewardship. 123 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 123
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 068764853X
ISBN-13: 9780687648535
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Hearing a young attorney speak of the faith-based reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an active member. "Lord no, they wouldn't know what to do with it" was the answer.
That, in a nutshell, describes the problem churches are facing in their stewardship efforts, says Christopher. Unlike leading nonprofit agencies and institutions, we too often fail to convince potential givers that their gifts will have impact and significance. In this book, Christopher lays out the main reasons for this failure to capture the imagination of potential givers, including our frequent failure simply to ask
Written with the needs of pastors and stewardship teams in mind, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate provides immediate, practical guidance to all who seek to help God’s people be better stewards of their resources.
Also available: The engaging follow up book - Whose Offering Plate is It?

Author Bio

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 four hundred churches, conferences, synods, and dioceses in all phases of building, finance, and church growth. For the last ten years years, Christopher has secured more than $500 million for his clients. He has worked in more than thirty-two 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.

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  1. David
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    July 13, 2011
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    As our church began to look at revitalizing our Stewardship Ministry we purchased "Not Your Parents' Offering Plate" as a tool to guide us in an area we as a congregation had little strength. As we have reviewed the book together we have been inspired with numerous practical ideas that have inspired us to look at Stewardship in a whole new way. We are anxious to see the fruits of our endeavors and would recommend this book to all.
  2. Dan Cwynar
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    February 20, 2009
    Dan Cwynar
    Although written for ministers, this book is exactly what I was looking for to make my stewardship ministry more effective. After completing a successful stewardship program in 2008, I was looking for ideas to make this years program even better. So, I ordered several books on stewardship, hoping to find inspiration.Not Your Parents Offering Plate is one of those rare books I could not put down. The chapter Reasons People Give is extremely insightful. The chapter The Top Ten Things I Would Do Now is full of suggestions for our next stewardship program.Recently, while updating my Pastor on some stewardship concerns, I mentioned that we should stop presenting line item budgets to the congregation, but switch to a missional budget format. This is one of the suggestions in the book. After explaining what I was talking about, my Pastor smiled and agreed. From here, I moved to other suggestions I had discovered in this book. Our meeting lasted much longer than scheduled.I made two sales at this meeting. First, I gained my Pastors support for all the changes to our stewardship program I will propose to the Church Council. Second, he asked for the name of this book so he could order a copy.
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