Legacy Giving

Impact Tomorrow, Today

What is Legacy Giving


“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”

Matthew 16:19-21
New International Version

The Scriptures remind us that a Christian lives with eternity in view. We are not born for this life alone. Human beings were created in God’s image to enjoy a relationship with God forever. Rick Warren once said, “Our earthly life is dress rehearsal for eternity.” As a result, every tangible asset managed by a Christ-follower should be evaluated for both its potential earthy and eternal contribution to further God’s Kingdom.

A critical stewardship question for Christians involves our opportunity for investing God’s resources effectively beyond this earthly life. At Trinity UMC, we believe that extravagant generosity is one of the vital practices of a fruitful congregation. As we are faithful in this life with what belongs to God, should we not also consider how extravagant generosity might extend beyond our lifetime through wise estate planning?

Research indicates that less than 40 percent of Americans currently have a will. And far fewer make charitable contributions to their church or other faith-based ministries after death. Our Legacy Giving Team at Trinity has prepared a series of workshops (for all ages) in early 2017 designed to help us prepare for managing God’s resources with an eternal perspective.

Leaving a Legacy

Sample Bequeath Language

I give, devise and bequeath unto Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika, Alabama, the sum of the amount below to have and to hold unto it, absolutely and in fee simple. ________________. It being my desire, but not requirement, that this bequest be used for the purpose of the text below to have and to hold unto it, absolutely and in fee simple. ___________________ *

• To Be Deposited in*
• Facilities/New Building Growth
• Children/Youth Ministries
• Music Program
• Adult Ministries
• Missions
• General Fund

Please also include in your bequeath:

Name, address, date of your gift

For more information contact Anna Anderson our financial coordinator at (334) 745-2632

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