Rich Church, Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry

by J. Clif Christopher. Abingdon Press, 2012.

This resource clarifies the issues that make stewardship so challenging in modern times, examining practices that lead to faithful discipleship.


characteristics of rich and poor churches; reflection questions; issues related to mission, vision, financial stewardship

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Identify if your congregation contains characteristics of a poor or a rich church by reflecting on the questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Examine your congregation's philosophy and practice of stewardship by sharing this resource with congregation leaders.

About the Contributor

Jan Goodyear

Jan Goodyear is a retired middle school language arts teacher. She retired after 33 years of teaching and has since educated herself on church transformation and applied that knowledge by consulting with churches on visioning, structure, leadership development, and Christian education. 

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