Purposefully Promote Planned Giving
The purpose of a congregational planned giving program is to promote planned giving in the congregation—to educate, encourage, enlist, and excite members about using planned giving instruments to support the Lord’s work in their congregation, their synod, and other WELS organizations.
- Educating means sharing the mission and vision of the congregation—and how members can support the mission and vision—through all available means of communication (printed, online, presentations).
- Encouraging means providing ongoing communication, events, and programs to assist each member with realizing his/her charitable goals.
- Enlisting means asking individuals to participate in helping support the mission of the congregation through current and deferred gifts.
- Exciting means celebrating the “gift of giving” within the congregation.
The purpose of this manual is to help your congregation jump-start a program of promoting planned giving opportunities to members . . . May God bless your use of this resource for the benefit of the people you serve as they praise Jesus with offerings that help to spread his Word throughout the world!
Congregational Planned Giving Program. Waukesha: WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, 2015. Page 3.