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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.

Your ministry's dedicated gift planning counselor

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.

Our four-step process

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. 

  1. Discovery: With the help of an in-person or virtual visit and a useful, clear-cut workbook, your gift planning counselor gathers necessary information.
  2. Design: Using information from the survey and visit, we provide multiple options to structure your gift plan. These designs should all align with your goals, but may provide a range of benefits and approaches. Designs are explored and considered until we arrive at the right plan for you.
  3. Summary: We create a complete, thorough explanatory document that explains the details of your gift plan for you, your loved ones and your advisors.
  4. Implementation: The final step is to assist you with implementing the gift plan. We’ll make sure your beneficiary designations are updated and correct, and if needed, provide your attorney with all the information they need to prepare and review any necessary legal documents.
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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Start a Program at Your Ministry

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.

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More About the Benefits

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.


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