When it comes to strategies for funding ministries, planned giving is often forgotten amid plans to raise yearly pledges or capital campaigns. But congregations would be wise to make it a priority, says the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. (Photo: Ken Mayer, Creative Commons)
Five good reasons to lead your congregation in planned giving
Most planned gifts come in the form of bequests or beneficiary designations. If you’re hesitant to talk about this you are hardly alone, but your congregation might be missing out on some ministry-changing generosity! From the United Methodist Church. (Photo: David Morris, Commons License)
Local Church Planned Giving Manual
The United Church of Christ has compiled a comprehensive guide for starting a planned giving ministry. Includes sections devoted to escongregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more. The quintessential Planned Giving resource!
How to Develop a Planned Giving Program
Here’s a site for you if your congregation has been intending to get busy with planned and legacy giving. From the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, this site covers the issue well and provides solid resources to get you going with a planned giving program. Check out its link to the PDF “Planned Giving Guide […]
A Spirituality of Abundance: The Ministry of Planned Giving
Planned Giving work is an essential component in the ministry of any parish and in the individual lives of disciples of Jesus Christ. Planned Giving programs mediate God’s love and have been proven over time to bear much fruit in the lives of potential prospects and donors. This handy document provides a solid theological foundation for this important work. (Photo © alswart – Fotolia.com)
Intro to Planned Giving Webinar
Wondering how to tackle even the basics of planned giving to ensure your congregation’s future ministry and mission? Check out this informative webinar from the Episcopal Church Foundation!
Local Church Planned Giving Manual
This is your quintessential Planned Giving resource! This is free, online guide for congregations is designed to aid pastors and lay leaders in developing a congregational Planned Giving ministry. Includes sections devoted to establishing and promoting a Planned Giving program, congregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more. (Photo by Ken Mayer, used by Creative Commons license)
Estate Planning: A Key to Faithful Stewardship
An estate plan is a significant resource for a faithful Christian steward to bring their finances in line with faith values, but many churches fall short in educating their members to be even better stewards of God’s gifts. Here are some tips. From the United Methodist Church. (Photo © Robert Kneschke – Fotolia.com)
Achieving Dreams Beyond the Budget
Here is a manual for those who would work on building an endowment or seeking planned gifts in their local church, “Achieving Your Dreams Beyond the Budget” is an exceptional tool for local church stewardship. This publication outlines a timeless process for congregational planned giving that is still relevant today. Beginning with a theological foundation for planned giving, the booklet walks you through the steps to implement a planned giving program in your congregation.
Basic Guide to Congregational Endowments
Looking for a basic guide to begin planning an endowment fund for your congregation? Download this free 42-page PDF from Thrivent and the InFaith Community Foundation. It has plenty of good material to get you started. (Photo: Raul Hernandez Gonzalez, Creative Commons)