Jesus often talked about our relationship to the “things” we possess. In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus is asked about dividing a family inheritance. He replies with a story. A rich man decides to build new barns to hold his bumper crop, then to “eat, drink, and be merry.” However, “God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
We are stewards of God’s bounty. Caretakers. For a brief period we are given time, energy, and resources. What we do with these gifts ultimately defines the character of our life and the depth of our spiritual understanding.
Planned giving is one expression of the wise use of the personal resources God has entrusted to us.
Project Resource explores how relationships and expressions of values and priorities are central to successful stewardship. Discover tried and true strategies for donor advised funds and endowments as well as case studies of people who are of different generations.
Step 1: Create a plan for receiving gifts
Step 2: Develop a team committed to this ministry
Step 3: Discover and create records of who have made planned gifts
Step 4: Utilize “Funding Future Ministries” to determine what plan is a right fit for your congregation.