Clayton Smith Author

Clayton became Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area in September 2005 after 25 years as a senior pastor in several churches. He leads the ministry areas of stewardship, development and generosity, offering oversight and support to giving campaigns for the annual operating budget, capital building funds, special strategic and mission gifts, memorial giving and planned gifts for the Resurrection Foundation. He consults with churches on stewardship and financial campaigns, speaks at conferences and leads faith-based programs that help people with personal financial stewardship. As senior pastor at Schweitzer United Methodist Church, he received the denomination’s Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth. His book, Propel: Good Stewardship – Greater Generosity, was published in March 2015. Clayton and his wife, Lori, have four children and two grandchildren, and love horses, gardening, golf and travel.

Creative Annual Stewardship Planning: Good Stewardship Brings Greater Generosity

In my book, Propel, I write about the importance of planning good stewardship campaigns. Now is the time of the year to begin planning for...

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The Offering as Worship in our Electronic Age

How do you handle the offering invitation in this electronic age? Is it a worshipful expression of our love and gratitude for God?...

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Accepting and Honoring Memorial and Legacy Gifts

Most churches have a policy and/or committee that accepts memorial, legacy and honor gifts. Many times, this policy has been around for...

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Stewardship, Service and Significance in the Second Half of Life

In recent years, we’ve been hearing our church members ask questions like these: “Can I afford to retire?” “What do I need to do to...

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Giving to Your Church Made Easier

This is the time of year for those over age 70½ to manage their required distributions from IRAs and other tax-deferred accounts. And...

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What’s Your Legacy Going to Be?

Make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can! – John Wesley In recent years, our church members have been asking, “What do...

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New Year, New Goals

Another year is coming soon. How can we best be ready? I have directed the stewardship and generosity ministries for the local church for...

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