Um, Church, Here's the Memo You Missed
August 16, 2022
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This is awkward, but your church missed a memo. Maybe it never got sent or, well, your church just missed it. Either way, what matters is you’re here now and I have a memo to show you.
Ready for it? Here goes...
Memo: Planned gifts enable your members to give far beyond the offering plate, for current and future ministry.
Stay with me here, because I want to explain why this memo matters. It’s about a powerful revenue source that reaches past the constraints of an annual budget. If there are any dreams for the future at all, this memo applies to your church!
Here’s the skinny. Last year, Christian ministries (not churches) received $4.25 million dollars in non-cash gifts through Barnabas Foundation. These were gifts of stock, commodities, real estate, business interests and more.
During the same year, churches received only $500,000 in non-cash gifts through Barnabas Foundation. Ouch.
And when it comes to gifts from a will, the difference is even starker. Non-church, Christian ministries received $32 million in gifts from a will through Barnabas Foundation. During the same year, churches received barely a million dollars! See what I mean about missing the memo? Essential ingredients for expanding ministry-reach include non-cash gifts and gifts from a will. Non-church, Christian ministries get it. Churches, not so much.
So, what can you do? Get the right tools to start promoting and receiving non-cash gifts and gifts from a will. Here’s what your church needs to get started:
This gap between what non-church, Christian ministries are getting and what churches aren’t getting can be closed, or at least narrowed. And with help from Barnabas Foundation, your church can help change the game.
After all, now your church has the memo!
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