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One of the far reaching impacts of the COVID-19 crisis is the rapid acceleration in changes that were already taking place in our culture. For the church, the most obvious impact has been the shift from a reliance on in-person worship to one that is digitally dependent. The pivot has been so well received by church attenders, that most churches now face a post-pandemic future in which to thrive they must provide excellence in both in-person and online worship.
Much like in-person worship, most churches today are still dependent on giving strategies that were largely developed for the church that existed over 40 years ago. The result has been a steep decline in the percentage of household giving going to the church. The Covid-19 crisis is likely to accelerate this downward trend in churches who fail to shift their approach to generosity. In this webinar, Horizons CEO Joe Park and SVP Richard Rogers will overview of the current realities in church giving and introduce a framework for successfully funding your ministry needs during and post pandemic. A time of questions and answers will follow the presentation.
If you are not able to attend the live webinar, those who register will have access to the recording and materials.
JOSEPH W. PARK – CEO
Joe leads a team of 38 dedicated Ministry Strategists and support staff at Horizons Stewardship, whose mission is to help churches and faith-based non-profits grow disciples and fund ministry. The Horizons team has assisted churches in raising over 7 billion dollars in capital funding and uncountable amounts of annual and planned giving. Joe has consulted and taught extensively on implementation of best practices in generosity, strategic planning and change management.
Prior to joining Horizons in 2002, he served as CEO of Community Financial Group with banking, insurance and investment presences in seven different cities. He was named one of Arkansas’ Outstanding Business leaders by Arkansas Business Magazine, was a recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award and was selected by the Secretary of the Air Force as a Civilian Leader representative to the Air War College. The Community Financial Group received the prestigious Arkansas Governor’s award for Most Outstanding Mid-Sized Company for Community Service.
Joe earned a degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Joe and his wife, Rev. Lisa Greenwood, live in Dallas, Texas.
RICHARD L. ROGERS – Senior Vice President
Richard brings a unique blend of business savvy and passion for the local church to his work with Horizons. Working with pastors and church leaders, Richard’s aspiration is raising levels of generosity in the church to enable God’s vision to become a reality. In his early career, Richard worked as a manager for a Fortune 500 company. A response to a capital campaign prayer led him into ministry to serve as a Church Administrator with additional responsibilities over Discipleship and Stewardship. During this time, he directed a church campus relocation project and several capital campaigns for building programs. Throughout Richard’s tenure in the local church, his leadership and focus on faith development helped his congregation experience a 70% increase in giving to the annual ministry plan.
Most recently, Richard has focused his stewardship teachings on electronic giving through his book, The E-Giving Guide for Every Church: Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry (Abingdon Press, 2016). In his book, Richard discusses the evolution occurring in the philanthropic community from paper money and check transactions to electronic giving. The E-Giving Guide is a resource for churches to help them navigate into the electronic age of giving. Breaking down high-tech jargon and the myriad of confusing options, Richard offers a plan to easily and effectively incorporate e-giving into the daily life of the church.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Richard and his wife, Jennifer, have six children and reside in Arkansas.