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Clayton Smith

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Reverend Doctor Clayton Smith has served as Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection since September 2005. For 25 years prior to this, Clayton served as Senior Pastor in the Missouri Area at Schweitzer UMC in Springfield, Manchester UMC in St. Louis, and Centenary UMC in Cape Girardeau. Dr. Smith received our denomination’s top Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth as a Senior Pastor at Schweitzer United Methodist Church. Clayton began his ministry as a Local Pastor while a student at Central Methodist University. After seminary, he served as an Associate Pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City before serving for six years as a Campus Chaplain at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
 
Clayton gives executive leadership to ministry areas of stewardship, development, and generosity. He gives oversight and support to Resurrection’s giving campaigns for its annual operating budget, capital building funds, special strategic and mission gifts, memorial giving, and planned gifts for the Resurrection Foundation. He enjoys teaching and consulting with local churches and leaders on stewardship programs and financial campaigns. He speaks at conferences across the country to give leadership in stewardship and generosity ministry. He leads and teaches faith- based programs that assist people in personal financial stewardship and generosity. Over 2,800 people have attended Financial Peace University and Legacy Journey classes offered by his ministry area.
 
Clayton also gives direction to Resurrection’s Crossroads Initiative: Navigating the Second Half of Your Life, Pre-Retirement Seminars, Estate Planning Workshops, and Women’s Planned Giving Events. Dr. Smith has also taught Parish Leadership Development for Saint Paul School of Theology. His book, Propel: Good Stewardship, Great Generosity was published by Abingdon Press in 2015, followed by a small group workbook, At the Crossroads: Spiritual Lessons for the Second Half of Life, published in 2016.
 
Clayton has degrees in Psychology from Central Methodist University (1970), Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University (1973), and a Doctor of Ministry in Stewardship and Preaching from the McCormick School of Theology (1995). He and his wife, Lori, have four children and two “wonderful” grandchildren. They raise horses and love to garden, golf and travel. While he finds great fulfillment in teaching and preaching the joy of generosity, Clayton also has a passion for mission and has led many teams on national and international projects. Be warned that Clayton loves to tell jokes.
 
Clayton’s Presentation Topics Include:
  • Cultivating a Culture of Good Stewardship and Generosity
  • Developing Dynamic Stewardship and Generosity Campaigns
  • Good Stewardship Propels Great Generosity
  • Crossroads: Navigating the Second Half of Life
  • Preaching and Teaching Stewardship
  • Holy Humor
  • Legacy Giving in the Local Church
  • Highly Happy Habits for Retirement
  • Conducting a Generosity Assessment for your Church
  • Guest Preaching