By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO
Since the scriptures clearly reveal everything we possess, regardless of how much, is from God, and He has entrusted it to us to use wisely and for His purposes; and since how we plan our estates likely will be the single most significant act of stewardship we shall ever perform, it is, vitally important to use the best resources available to you in this process. The Kentucky Baptist Foundation is one of those resources, and specifically our estate stewardship consultation service. I encourage you to set aside some time between now and January prayerfully to consider a “more for Christ” provision in your estate plan. Perhaps you should consider a tithe or more of your estate to advance Christ’s Kingdom in the future through your church and other Christian ministries in which you are involved. Offering plate gifts alone will not be sufficient. A “more for Christ” provision in your estate plan offers you the opportunity to make a lasting difference for the cause of Christ beyond your lifetime. A “more for Christ” provision could be in the form of a bequest provision in your will or trust, or a beneficiary designation of retirement plan assets or a life insurance policy. You may be in a circumstance where it would be more desirable beneficial to you to go ahead now and make a “more for Christ” legacy gift rather than defer it through a provision at death. We stand ready to provide you information about all of the “more for Christ” giving ideas and their benefits.
Also, I encourage pastors and stewardship leaders to use January 2012 as “make your will month.” Let us assist you with ideas for bulletin inserts, websites and newsletter as well as our stewardship education seminars.