Develop skills for fostering your ministry's financial future

June 10-11, 2024 | 9:00 AM -4:30 PM CDT Monday, 9:00 AM -11:30 AM CDT Tuesday

LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO


Do you want to amplify the legacy gifts your institution or ministry will receive? Not sure how to weave those planned giving conversations into donor meetings? As the "great wealth transfer" occurs between generations, institutional development offices are increasingly aware of the value and strategic importance of legacy giving for the future of their institutions. Learn how you can leverage legacy gifts to secure your ministry's financial future.

Join us for a free, two-day workshop, open to LCMS development professionals and institutional leadership. We will share the value of gift planning, explore how gift planning fits in a traditional development office, and discuss best practices for introducing or growing gift planning in your ministry. 



Learn more about the training event

What is a Ministry Partner Training Event?

Our ministry partner training is aimed at development professionals working for LCMS organizations and congregations who are looking to increase their knowledge of gift planning and integrate planned giving into their overall development programs. 

Who should attend?

While Ministry Partner Training is open to anyone from an LCMS ministry, it is aimed specifically at those who are “donor-facing,” that is, in professional development staff roles or in institutional leadership at our larger LCMS ministries, RSOs, Universities/Seminaries, and K-12 Schools. Participants might include but are not limited to: 

  • Larger RSO Development/Advancement officers 
  • RSO Development/Advancement administrators & leadership 
  • Large congregation/ministry board members and leadership 
  • University/seminary Development/Advancement officers 
  • University/seminary board members and leadership 
  • K-12 Principals & Development/Advancement staff 

What will be covered in the training?

Course content focuses on best practices for opening conversations about gift planning, surfacing potential planned gifts, developing awareness of present day and future planned gift options, implementing strategies for stewarding planned gifts, and understanding how the LCMS Foundation can assist ministries in the gift planning process. 

What happens after the training?

After the training workshop, Ministry Partners will receive materials to begin introducing gift planning into their donor conversations. They will also receive ongoing coaching support from the Foundation and their local gift planning counselor, and they will be invited to attend regular webinars or other online gatherings to receive updates and further education.   

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