Establishing a gift planning program is one of the best things you can do to assure the fiscal health of your ministry for generations to come. Think of gift planning as a perpetual campaign to grow your ministry’s very own endowment fund.
Endowments aren’t just for big universities. We’ve helped hundreds of congregations, as well as many LCMS schools, RSOs and other ministries create endowments or other long-term revenue sources. Creating them isn’t difficult, and more importantly, if you have a well-run gift planning program in place, growing the funds in them isn’t either.
If there is one consistent thing that decades of experience in gift planning has taught us, it’s to never underestimate the generosity of God’s people. Simply put, it is not uncommon for gifts of astounding scope and magnitude to be bestowed to one’s ministry.
Most congregations in a “basic” partnership with the LCMS Foundation can expect around 10 gift plans in the first year alone. With an average gift in the $250,000 range, this seemingly simple partnership can result in significant funding for your ministry from future gifts.
Asking your members or supporters to consider leaving bequests to your ministry isn’t an easy topic to broach. Creating a charitable gift planning program with the LCMS Foundation delegates the majority of that burden to us. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you're taking the steps needed to provide for your ministry’s future, without the stress of having to manage the program directly.
But it’s not just about funding your ministry. A gift planning program provides a valuable service to your members or supporters by helping them to put their affairs in order, and more importantly, to honor their God-given gifts in a way that’s a blessing to them, their family and to their faith. Like you, they’ll gain peace of mind knowing they’ve created plans that will allow them to be better stewards of the gifts God has provided.
Starting a gift planning program at your ministry can be simple. We partner with dozens of congregations, schools, RSOs and many of the Concordia universities. Each year, these partnerships result in millions in future planned gifts to LCMS organizations. If you think your ministry should start a program, we’d love to talk with you.
Like most ministry initiatives, success depends on having an organized effort, led by dedicated champions who inspire others to join them. Our approach will help you build support, internally, for the program, while being adaptable to your culture and needs.
Creating yet another program at your ministry may seem daunting, and gift planning is not an easily understood topic. So, if you’re not sure if gift planning is right for your congregation or LCMS ministry, you may find reading through our FAQ page to be helpful.
As we think about funding the mission in the future, Transfer the Blessings can play a significant role. In the four years our congregation has been involved with TTB over $14.5 million has been designated for ministry with about half to be used in our local congregation.
Rev. Gary W. Byers
As a pastor in the LCMS, my wife and I have always desired to be faithful stewards of God’s blessings. It was refreshing to work with the LCMS Foundation to see how we can make a substantial gift to the local congregation and seminary without impacting the inheritance to our children.
Pastor Nathan Janssen
I would wholeheartedly advocate for any LCMS ministry, regardless of its size, to partner with the LCMS Foundation to create, assess, and grow an endowment for the purposes of local Word and Sacrament ministry to be sustained for generations by the grace of God.
Our partnership with the LCMS Foundation has been a tremendous blessing. In just a few years, we’ve identified more than $20,000,000 in gifts planned for St. Peter and other Lutheran ministries.
Rev. Micah Greiner
Arlington Heights, IL
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