Stewardship Toolbox – July 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

IRA Charitable Distributions

As of 2016 anybody 70.5 years or older has a new option for making gifts to the Lord’s work at church, a local WELS-affiliated ministry, and/or a WELS area of ministry: your IRA!

Typically IRA distributions are taxable, but, as of 2016, Congress made permanent the opportunity known as the IRA qualified charitable distribution where direct transfers from an IRA to charity are free from federal and potentially state income tax for anyone 70.5 or older. If you do not need the required minimum distributions that you receive from your IRA, consider directing those to WELS to save on taxes, then use the cash you would have given to charity for other needs.

Under the new law you and your spouse, assuming he or she is 70.5 years or older and has an IRA, may each make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year to charity. Rather than being treated as taxable income, direct transfers to charity are wholly excluded for federal income tax purposes. These transfers do not generate a charitable deduction, but the relief from tax impact is often more advantageous. Consult your tax or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate gift assets for your situation.

Contact the investment firm that handles your IRA to request a direct transfer of IRA assets to a particular WELS ministry (download an authorization letter template below). To ensure that your IRA transfer is not taxable, the check must be made payable to the charity, not to you personally.

You can give to multiple WELS designations by directing your transfer to WELS Foundation. WELS Foundation will distribute funds to the ministries per your instructions and provide you with the proper acknowledgement.

If interested, talk to your financial planners and your local WELS Christian giving counselor to learn more.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

WELS Statistical Report 2017

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Congregation Mission Offerings

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Mission and Ministry Sunday

Mission and Ministry Sunday is intended to be a celebration of God’s blessings on his church and a chance to renew our commitment to the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). The resources shared here can be used for your Mission and Ministry Sunday worship service and Bible study. Watch for new Mission and Ministry Sunday materials based on the outreach movie To the Ends of the Earth to be posted later this summer.