In Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, Clif Christopher challenged churches and pastors to take a lesson from the leaders of not-for-profit organizations: if you want people to give to your church, first offer them a compelling vision of the good that their giving will accomplish. The book encouraged an entire culture change for many in the Christian community in how they viewed the offering plate. It also unleashed a barrage of questions on specifically how to create this new culture while maintaining the foundations of one's faith tradition and mission.
In this sequel, Christopher responds to these questions in the same forthright manner that he originally laid forth his propositions. He offers simple, strategic advice on such difficult questions as:
“Exactly how do I go about gaining access to the donor records when my church has prohibited it for a hundred years?”
“How do I explain a meeting with just those who are strong givers without alienating those who are not?”
“How can we advocate online giving without encouraging some to abuse their credit cards?”
“What should letters to different giving constituencies look like?”
“Clif Christopher is a gift to
the Church. His efforts to help
churches, leaders and individuals to understand the relationship of giving to a
devoted faith and the
Adam Hamilton, author of When Christians get it Wrong
“Whose Offering Plate Is It? is an excellent companion piece to J. Clif Christopher’s earlier book Not Your Parents Offering Plate. In his newest book Christopher addresses the many practical “how to” and “what does this mean” questions raised in his earlier challenging and ground breaking book. Once again, Christopher proves to be a savvy and earthy guide as he writes with a candid, no-frills flair which connects with pastors and lay church leaders.”
William G. Enright, Ph.D.,
Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, The Center on
“Clif Christopher answers the questions most on the minds of pastors and congregational leaders today about the challenges and opportunities of funding the church’s mission. His straightforward writing growing out of real world experience and deep faith commitment makes this book immediately useful.
Lovett H. Weems, Jr., author of Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church
“Clif’s book is truly a gift to pastors; a great gift that will help all pastors do a better job every day. I am chairman of the board of a seminary, and I will recommend that we provide each student with Clif’s book as a tool kit to help them for many, many years.”
Jerre Stead, Chairman and CEO of IHS Inc.
“No one knows money better than Clif Christopher. In this sequel to his best-selling book, Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Christopher answers real life questions about money and the church that he has been asked over the years in his work in fund raising. As always he pulls no punches. You can trust what you read in this book.”
Bill Easum, co author of Ministry in Hard Times