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, M. Div., 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 diocese 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.

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