One of the necessary functions of your job as a pastor or ministry leader is to ensure the financial futures of your ministry. Asking your flock to leave money to the ministry can be a large responsibility, and an awkward request even at the best of times.
Working with the LCMS Foundation frees you up from some of those responsibilities. By partnering with us in what we call a Transfer the BlessingsTM program, we can make the process simpler, more rewarding and something that’s truly seen as a joyful response to God’s blessings.
When you enter into partnership with the LCMS Foundation, we’ll provide your ministry with the services of a trained gift planning counselor. That counselor will commit to leading the effort within your ministry to create awareness and understanding of your gift planning program, to help identify and encourage individuals to go through the gift planning process, and ultimately, to work with individuals, at no cost to them, to create charitable estate plans that provide for both the people and the ministries they care about. When working with a gift planning counselor, you and your members can expect convenience, confidentiality and expert counseling services at no charge.
The Lifetime Plan for GivingTM is the uniquely helpful gift planning process we walk through with each individual. Divided into four steps, each phase of the process is designed to guide and educate members as they create their Christian estate and gift plan.
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.
There are many benefits to having a gift planning program, but for ministries, often the most measurable is the generosity of the gifts their members create. Most basic partnerships with the Foundation lead to about 10 gift plans in the first year, with an average gift in the $250,000 range.
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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