Church Resources

On this page we strive to gather and regularly update information and resources that will help local churches better serve members, givers, and ministries.  If you are looking for information that you cannot find here or on other parts of this website, please give us a call at (800) 332-8238 or contact us by email.  A Foundation staff person will be happy to assist you.

 

IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts

At last, federal legislation was passed at the end of 2015 making the IRA direct charitable rollover gift option permanent.  IRA Charitable rollovers represent a significant opportunity for United Methodist Churches to secure current and future annual gifts and engage donors. Many nonprofits are actively pursuing IRA rollover gifts, and we want to ensure your

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At last, federal legislation was passed at the end of 2015 making the IRA direct charitable rollover gift option permanent.  Now, each year, persons over age 70 ½ may make gifts to charity directly from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without including the distribution as personal income, but counting the gift toward the required minimum distribution. 

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SAMPLE GIFT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.  In order for a donor to claim a charitable deduction for any gift, the donor must receive and keep a written record of the gift.  Many churches provide a summary gift statement to all donors after the end of the calendar year.  This is appropriate provided the statement includes the necessary information

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Help your congregation SEE how the church budget connects to the mission and ministry of your church.  Develop a “narrative” or “missional” budget presentation in print and/or in video.  Show through pictures and descriptions how the budget is used in ministry.  Discussion of how to build a more descriptive budget.  Example of a Narrative Budget.

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An introduction to planned giving & endowments. Sample Resolution for the Charge Conference to adopt creating an Endowment Committee and formally transferring those responsibilities from the Trustees to the committee. Sample Endowment Program Charter that describes how the Endowment Committee will handle and administer the funds, including tracking donor designations and restrictions, adopting prudent investment and spending

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Pastor / Leader Resources

Download the brochure Leading Stewardship for a review of basic concepts regarding how to cultivate givers in your congregation, especially major gifts and gifts through estate plans. Host a Resourcing Ministry seminar to get your leadership team energized.  Or, just call and schedule a Foundation representative to visit with your leadership team at its next

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Church Building Projects

Download the pamphlet “Church Building Projects: A Leadership Guide” for an overview of the process outlined in the UM Book of Discipline and some helpful suggestions and resources for planning and analysis.

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The Missouri Conference website continues to add and update materials relating to local church financial and stewardship matters.  To go to this material, follow this link:  Missouri Conference Stewardship Resource At the national level, the UM General Board of Discipleship also develops stewardship materials for use in the local church.  Follow this link to view: 

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