Create a culture of generosity beyond tithing and you can find the financial resources your church so urgently needs. We’re called to meet the needs of those who are hurting, but dwindling finances and shrinking congregations make it harder and harder to find the means to do so. Author Clayton Smith not only offers solutions for increased giving—through various outlets including planned giving, vision casting, and capital campaigns—he provides tangible models that will show you how to develop processes for effective stewardship which will propel your church’s ministry to new heights through financial peace and a thriving membership.
“Every pastor should have a copy of Propel
readily at hand all year long. It is as complete a guide to all phases of Christian financial stewardship as exists today. I highly recommend it because of the excellent content but also because of the author. Clayton Smith has been a student of financial stewardship all his life. I am thrilled that now others may learn from him. I wish I had this book forty years ago when I started out. Propel
will make a difference in your ministry!”
—J. Clif Christopher
, President and CEO, Horizons Stewardship Company
“As leaders, we often know we must do something differently, but we are not sure what or how. Clayton Smith propels us forward. This amazing resource identifies the many ways we can lead our congregations into a bright future. Smith’s strategies and methods for generosity apply to every church leader, any size church, and all denominations. This is more than a stewardship or finance book. It helps build a culture in which Christians can become the generous people they are intended to be.”
—Donald W. Joiner, Director of Operations and Stewardship, General Board of Discipleship
“Propel demystifies the practices of generosity and stewardship in local congregations. It is both a scholarly guide for pastors and a detailed handbook for lay leaders. Smith covers giving of all varieties and offers proven techniques that work in churches of all sizes and contexts. Propel is a valuable guide for every leader, clergy or lay, who sees generosity as an inescapable element of Christian discipleship.”
—Byrd L. Bonner, AIF, President, United Methodist Church Foundation
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