Wednesday May 6th @ 7 p.m.
In Dr. Clif Christopher’s nearly forty years in ministry as a pastor and President of Horizons Stewardship Company, he has witnessed the financial stewardship practices of thousands of churches. A few have exceptional records in acquiring and managing the necessary funds for mission and ministry, but the vast majority struggle every year to get by.
In this important new work made even more relevant by our economic times, Christopher contrasts the traits of the most productive congregations with those who perennially fail to secure the funds to perform transformational ministry. Some churches practice the necessary financial habits that form the foundation of successful ministry, and others waste valuable resources and undermine ministry opportunities.
Through Christopher’s insight born out of years of experience and consultation, readers can assess the financial condition of their own churches.
As the Rector (senior pastor) of a relatively large Episcopal Church I am always looking for resources to help with congregational growth and vitality. I have read several of the author’s previous books that focus more specifically on stewardship (congregational giving). This is his most recent and best book. It includes stewardship but is more broadly focused on how to be a healthy congregation. The title could easily be “Healthy Church, Unhealthy Church.” The Vestry (parish governing body) and I read the book and discussed it at our annual retreat. We found it to be very helpful and as a result have decided on several new approaches and modifications to our ministry in the coming year and beyond. I highly recommend this book to clergy and lay leaders looking to understand the health of their parish and how to move in a healthier direction.
The Rev. Lou Hays
Cost of Book $10 / each
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