Stewardship Toolbox – January 2015

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.

Congregational Planned Giving Program

Our weekly offering at worship is not the only opportunity we have for giving to the Lord. We can honor the Lord when planning for the transition of our accumulated wealth (our “estate”) at life’s end. And there are a variety of other opportunities that enable us to support the Lord’s work now (while at the same time receiving tax benefits). The Bible encourages planned giving—intentional, cheerful management of our blessings to care for family and to return a portion of our possessions to our Creator and Savior God.

The purpose of the congregational planned giving manual is (Part I) to help your congregation jump-start a program of promoting planned giving opportunities to members. Part II shares an easy way to start a congregational endowment fund through WELS Foundation. Part III tells how to set up a congregational planned giving committee to provide further manpower for carrying out this work. Part IV discusses how to establish and administer an endowment fund. And Part V highlights WELS organizations that can help you with any of these steps.