Build a giving ministry in your congregation.
A planned giving ministry does more than raise money for the church’s future needs. It allows church members to leave their own ongoing legacy and witness of Jesus Christ.
Find resources below to help you build a successful giving ministry in your congregation.
Mentoring the spirit of generosity in your community
To create a sustainable planned giving ministry, church leadership—especially the pastor and some trusted, energetic lay members—must be willing to make a long-term commitment that will involve promotion, mentoring, follow-up and transparency.
A pastor who is visibly supportive of the planned giving ministry is vital. This includes putting your own estate plans in place and serving as a mentor to others.
Host educational seminars to help members of the church understand the need to create an estate plan, and talk about how planned gifts can be made.
Create a team of trusted church members who can provide leadership, including putting their own plans in place and mentoring others.
PROMOTION AND FOLLOW-UP
Promote legacy giving opportunities on an ongoing basis. This can include helpful tips in your newsletter, regular inheritance planning seminars or reporting on the impact of previous gifts.
ESTABLISHED PERMANENT FUND POLICY
Implement a permanent fund policy that outlines how gift funds will be managed and how the income will be distributed for ministry. The Foundation offers free consulting services and example of successful policies.
Start a Legacy Society that includes members who have put plans in place for a legacy gift to the congregation. This provides a mentoring opportunity and encourages others to consider a similar legacy gift.