Come and learn how to be

a leader in financial stewardship

receive top level training from

Horizons Academy

and become a financial stewardship leader

“The responses we have gotten from pastors, foundation heads and denominational leaders have confirmed to us that we have a training that will make a dynamic difference in the church. I am devoting the remainder of my career to making this experience the premier course on stewardship available to pastors today.”  

– J. Clif Christopher

In response to requests of pastors, laity and denominational leaders for a comprehensive training in church giving, we founded The Horizons Academy of Faith and Money. The purpose of this experience is to provide you with the necessary training to confidently and effectively lead your church in financial stewardship.

Think about it. Most of us did not enter into ministry with a passion and a commitment to raise money in order to build ministry. But at the same time, we all know that the money raised provides funds for the life-changing ministry for which we have GREAT passion and commitment. Therefore, we designed the Academy to teach what we believe every person should know about when entering into church leadership. By providing practical training in all areas of financial stewardship, the Academy equips participants to make a dynamic difference in the local church and beyond.

For the Horizons team, the Academy has become an important means of fulfilling our mission of Inspiring Generosity and Growing Disciples. We invite you to come and experience The Horizons Academy of Faith and Money as you seek to inspire generosity and grow disciples in your place of ministry.

Here is What You Can Expect

Horizons Academy - Thought Leaders

The Knowledge

Learn from some of the very best thought-leaders on a range of topics and sessions all designed to equip you to be an effective leader in financial stewardship.  The following are examples of what you will learn:

Developing a Ministry Budget – Year-Round Generosity – Major Gifts and The Ask – Electronic Giving – Trends in Giving – & many more

Horizons Academy - The Tools

The Tools

The fully stocked guidebook will lead you through each presentation and provide additional notes, tips, and readings to further equip you as a financial leader. Our instructors work in conjunction with the guidebook to provide you with personalized sermon critiques and action plans that are adaptive to your ministry context at home.

Horizons Academy - The Conversation

The Conversations

Receive hands-on help through a formal time of Q & A with our Horizons staff and denominational partners. If you need to dive deeper, the highly-trained staff of Horizons Stewardship and our denominational partners stand ready to provide the practical strategies needed for success. We intentionally limit the number of attendees to make sure you can receive personal attention and the deeper level of conversation that may be needed during the conference.

hear what others are saying about

Horizons Academy

  • So many of us [clergy] feel that we are alone; nobody is experiencing what we’re experiencing. But something like this really gives us a chance to find other people. Frankly, I came because I wanted to see if it was worthwhile, and it is extremely worthwhile.

    Don Joiner Methodist Stewardship Professional w/ The General Board of Discipleship
  • No pastor should start out in the church without these tools.

    Kevin Garvey Vice President, The Presbyterian Foundation
  • I now understand that money is not just something to begrudgingly address each fall, but instead an important part of living out our faith year-round.  The academy has changed the way that I will move forward as a leader in matters of stewardship.

    Rev. Brittany Richardson Watson United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • Great! I wish I had had this twenty years ago.

    Rev. Chad Brooks United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • The topics were very relevant, clearly presented, and easily applied.

    Rev. Allen Zugelter United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • Thank you so much for the well-organized binder of helpful tools, the availability of time with presenters, and the variety of topics and so much more. It was simply wonderful!

    Rev. Heather Clawitter United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • Outstanding course!  It was well worth it!

    Rev. Dr. Will Cotton Untied Methodist Senior Pastor
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for your passion to help pastors.

    Rev. Wybra Price United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • As elders in the United Methodist Church, we’re called to Word, Sacrament, Order and Service. One of those areas which is fairly delinquent in seminary is Order.  Something that we are called—ordained—to do, is to order the life of the church. Part of that is teaching a congregation how to order mammon, or ‘stuff.’ It’s part of our job.

    Rev. Matt Rawle United Methodist Senior Pastor
  • The whole event was incredibly upbeat, fun, and productive. Pastors left energized and excited about their newfound knowledge of how to more effectively lead their congregation in this most important area.

    Bill Junk

Keynote Speakers from
Horizons Stewardship

The Horizons staff, denominational leaders and foundation heads often lead our keynote presentations and breakout sessions.  The leaders of the different sessions may change, but we promise you will receive the absolute best training.

Horizons - Partner - Clif Christopher



Horizons - Partner - Joe Park


Mike Slaughter - Horizons



We look forwarding to seeing you at our next Horizons Academy event.

march 2018

6mar9:30 am- 3:30 pmOklahoma Disciples Foundation - Seminar

april 2018

3apr - 5apr 35:00 pmapr 5Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference

may 2018

8may9:00 am- 3:00 pmSouthern Union Conference - Pastor's Stewardship Conference

15may - 17All DayGenerosity - Cutting Through the Financial Fog

october 2018

23oct - 25All DayUpstate New York UMC Conference 2018 Bishops' Retreat - Clif Christopher, Guest Instructor

Our Partnerships

As part of our ongoing mission of Inspiring Generosity and Growing Disciples, Horizons has built special working relationships with the following outstanding organizations.

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