Stewardship in the church has largely been focused on tithes and offerings from income for the ongoing operational expenses of the local church. We faithfully give out of our income but spend little time talking about planned giving from our assets, especially as part of an estate plan. It is projected that $42 trillion will transfer from one generation to the next in the coming years. In 2013, 8 percent of all philanthropic giving or $24.4 billion came from bequests.
- How does planned giving fit into an overall stewardship strategy for the individual and the local church?
- Are planned giving and estate planning the same? How are they approached differently?
- Is your church prepared if it were to receive a substantial estate gift?
- Does your church have a strategy to encourage estate giving to the church?
- What is an Endowment?
- Does your church have an Endowment program? Does it simply mange the funds or promote their use for enhanced mission and ministry?
- How can an Endowment be utilized to leverage greater generosity for general giving rather than be used as an excuse not to give?
- What policies are essential for a successfully run Endowment?
- What are the components of an annual strategy to encourage estate giving in a manner that benefits the church members?
- Why is an intentional Planned Giving program essential to every church in an ever changing culture to assure mission and ministry remain vital?
This seminar will address the above questions. It will be beneficial for pastors, Finance Committee members and any church leaders with a passion to establish and/or grow a legacy program in their local church to move it beyond the weekly tithes and offerings to a legacy for kingdom building ministries.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful," 1 Corinthians 4:2, NIV
Participants are encouraged to continue training through personalized coaching.
Participants may take courses in any order over multiple semesters, but the recommended sequence is:
- Stewardship 101: Cultivating Generous Givers - Aug. 27, 2015
- Stewardship 201: Next Steps for Cultivating Generous Givers - Sept. 17, 2015
- Creating a Planned Giving Strategy - Oct. 29, 2015
- What, Why & How of a Capital Campaign - Nov. 19, 2015
- Endowment Strategies for Mission & Ministry - Dec. 3, 2015
Participants may take one, multiple, or all five seminars.
Participate in the interactive seminars at our Cleveland Center classroom or via webinar.
Rev. George D. Cooper, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with extensive fundraising experience, was named the Executive Director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in November 2010.
As an elder serving in the East Ohio Conference, Rev. Cooper led his churches toward an understanding and implementation of a theology of stewardship as a key factor in their successful growth and health.
Rev. Cooper holds a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math-Physics from the State University of New York at Fredonia.. He and his wife, Rosemary (Dolly), relocated to the Columbus area. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.