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Forever Impact God’s Kingdom Through “10 for Tenn”

By Rev. Bill Gruenewald, President-Treasurer

Since 1938, the Tennessee Baptist Foundation has been working to ensure that Baptist Churches in Tennessee are equipped to do the work of the Kingdom. Through the generosity of committed believers like you, we have been able to support churches, fund mission efforts, start new churches and create scholarships, and bring glory to God through the work of His people. 

But we want to do even more.

And by God’s grace, we believe the Lord will multiply His Kingdom through an impactful initiative called 10 FOR TENN. See the infographic below to understand just how far a small estate gift can go, or download the PDF here.

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Throughout scripture, God challenges us to follow His example and give generously because he wants us to receive the blessing that comes through it. But most people don’t know that they can also honor God with their giving through estate planning. 

Though it is common for Christians to give to their churches throughout their lifetime, only 6% of Americans leave gifts to the church in their estate. 

This is mostly because they don’t know they can or they don’t know how to do it. In fact, 6 out of 10 Americans don’t even have a Last Will and Testament, leaving their estate to the decisions of others.

That’s where the Tennessee Baptist Foundation comes in. We’ll guide you through the process of adding a legacy gift of 10% to your will that will ensure you’re investing in the future of sharing Christ in Tennessee. We can also help you plan the remaining 90% so that your family is taken care of.

When you leave a legacy gift with the Tennessee Baptist Foundation, you are sowing a seed of investment that will reap unimaginable rewards. Consider the story of the mustard seed — the smallest of all seeds. Despite its size, with many years of proper tending it will grow to be a great tree, able to provide protection and nutrients to all of God’s earth.

With our tending, your legacy gift will grow exponentially into the future, providing the resources to do the work of the Kingdom for generations to come. Imagine the everlasting impact your gift could have on the Kingdom! 

Imagine what the Lord might do through your gift. Souls will be saved. The Kingdom of God will be preached and lives will be changed forever. Give us a call at (615) 371-2029 to learn more about how you can start your investment today!


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You can reach us via phone at (615) 371-2029 or fill out this form.

Please note that the advice offered in this article is not intended to be construed as tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice for the reader. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

Everyone has an estate, but not everyone has a plan. Do you have a plan? Take our 10 minute estate plan audit to get started.

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Christian Estate Planning: Create a Legacy Giving Ministry

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Create a Legacy Giving Ministry to Provide Long-term Benefits

By Rev. Bill Gruenewald, President-Treasurer

Churches are called to reach the lost and disciple believers to live out the Gospel. Stewardship is an aspect of discipleship that encompasses how we manage the resources God gives to us for His Kingdom. Most people think that stewardship only focuses on the tithe, but it includes so much more. Planned Giving (or Legacy Giving) through Estate Planning is an important part of stewardship that is often neglected.

Christian Estate Planning—also known as a Planned Giving Ministry—can provide resources for years to come if your congregation clearly understands the model.

However, there are some things to consider:

1. Be Proactive

The 2019 Millennial Wealth Report from WealthEngine stated that Baby Boomers are expected to pass $68 trillion in assets to the next generation by 2030. This will pass primarily through wills and trusts, but the church could be overlooked if they are not named as beneficiaries in the donor’s documents. Colleges, hospitals, and other philanthropic endeavors are often included, but if the local church is not proactive in seeking these gifts, it will be a missed opportunity.

Statistics show that 60-70% of people do not have a will or trust in place. That is 7 out every 10 people in your church! While many of these people give their tithe regularly, that often doesn’t carry over to estate gifts. The Stanford Social Innovation Review reports that fewer than 6% of Americans include a charitable bequest in their estate plan. Why is this? Most people do not know how to give through their estate plan and they are not asked.

The key takeaway here is to proactively talk about Legacy Giving so church members understand what it is and how to make a gift through their estate.

2. Make it a Ministry of Stewardship 

Most churches spend some resources in equipping members to understand Christian financial planning for debt and household budgets. But many leave the more complex topic of estate planning to the individuals to do on their own. Most people think it is too difficult and neglect the opportunity.

Without proper estate planning, higher court costs leave less to give to family or the church. The church can help members understand how to be good stewards through the strategic allocation of their assets. With the right guidance, estate planning can be less formidable and made easier. That is where the Tennessee Baptist Foundation (TBF) comes in. We will work closely with churches to develop a Legacy Ministry and with individuals to help them get their estate plans complete. When churches team with the TBF, it’s a win-win!  

We have a great resource for churches: 6 Reasons Estate Planning Conversations Should Start in the Church. Download the ebook today to learn more about this topic.

Empower your church to make a Kingdom impact through their estates. The TBF is ready to help your church enhance your ministry through Planned Giving. Give us a call at (615) 371-2029 and we can get started today!

6 reasons estate planning conversations should start in the church
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Ready to get started?

You can reach us via phone at (615) 371-2029 or fill out this form.

Please note that the advice offered in this article is not intended to be construed as tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice for the reader. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

Everyone has an estate, but not everyone has a plan. Do you have a plan? Take our 10 minute estate plan audit to get started.

Learn More