Now there is help for the smaller congregation—those who average less than 125 in attendance for Bible study.
Through Bridge to Tomorrow, the smallest church has the ability to follow step-by step instructions in capital fund raising. This self-led program is on a CD-rom available for a moderate cost contacting Jim Swedenburg direct at 334.613.2283, toll free at (800) 264-1225 ext. 283, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A short-term capital funds program, Forward in Faith should be used only if the church’s financial need is less than one-third of its annual budget. Collected in a one-day offering, this method can be useful to churches seeking to purchase property, perform emergency church repairs, replace equipment or begin debt retirement plans.
Church leaders begin this fund raiser four to six weeks prior to the offering date by setting a capital fund goal and developing materials that will be posted throughout the church and mailed to members, including brochures, banners, offering envelopes and commitment cards. Letters are mailed to members, testimonies and sermons on giving are shared with the congregation and there will be Sunday School lessons on sacrifice.
On Forward in Faith Day after specific prayer time and a sermon on the joy of sacrifice, the offering is received. At the close of morning worship, a report is given on the amount received and committed to the church. Later, follow-up and acknowledgment letters are sent to members.
For Forward in Faith information, contact Jim Swedenburg direct at 334.613.2304, toll free at 1 (800) 264-1225 ext. 304 or via email at email@example.com.
Free resources are available to Alabama Baptist churches who give through the Cooperative Program at CooperativeProgramResources.org.
Other Stewardship Resources/Links
LifeWay Envelope Service
Crown Financial Ministries
Southern Baptist Stewardship Development Association
Pastor Life (stewardship sermon resources)
Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
Challenge to Build
Stewardship Sunday School Lessons
LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
LESSONS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Total Stewardship Preschool Resources and Sunday School Lesson 1
Total Stewardship Preschool Sunday School Lesson 2
Total Stewardship Preschool Sunday School Lesson 3
Total Stewardship Preschool Sunday School Lesson 4
Total Stewardship Preschool Sunday School Lesson 5
LESSONS FOR YOUTH
“It’s A New Day” is about stewardship! It’s about the lordship of Christ over everything in our lives! It’s about getting out of debt! It’s about being ready to fulfill God’s call upon our lives! The Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions and the SBC Executive Committee are pleased to present this New Stewardship initiative to Alabama Baptists with faith and excitement for its potential. Imagine what churches could do for the kingdom if their members were not burdened with debt. Imagine what could be accomplished if church members were free to fulfill God’s call of ministry. There has never been a better time than NOW to experience true joy and liberty that comes through financial freedom!
Partnership with Crown Financial Ministries http://www.sbc.net/newday/alliance/
By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews 11:4 NIV
This ministry provides assistance to help you give a portion of your estate to benefit the cause of Christ. We can help you integrate your personal, financial and estate planning goals with your goals for lifetime or testamentary charitable giving.
Planned giving gives you an opportunity for charitable giving in circumstances that may not otherwise allow you to make a gift to charity.
Assistance is available in will and trust preparation, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities and charitable lead trusts that benefit the Cooperative Program and other ministries of the Alabama Baptist State Convention. You may also contact The Baptist Foundation of Alabama for assistance with an individual giving plan.
Today the average amount parents leave as an inheritance is $50,000. The average adult child inheriting that money spends it in 90 days. You spent a lifetime scrimping and saving to get a nest egg for your kids. Don’t let them waste it as soon as you are gone. You can still give them the help you planned by giving it to them over time. Instead of them using it up on luxuries, they can continue receiving income for years after you are gone. There are may ways to do this through estate planning.
At the same time, your estate is the single largest opportunity for stewardship you will ever have. The Bible is filled with good teachings on estate planning. Out of this has grown a partnership between the State Board of Missions, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama, and several estate planning resources.
The year was 1984. I was planning my first international mission trip to Nigeria. Dianne was 100% supportive of the trip with one exception. “Before you go we have to have a will.” We had talked about a will many times since our wedding in 1971, but as most of you know, it’s one of those things we put off until later. I now had a deadline and a definite goal.
We had always believed in the Southern Baptist way of supporting missions through the Cooperative Program. We both tithed through our local church as children and youth. That practice of obedience continued naturally as a couple. In talking about our few assets we decided to continue giving a tithe through our estate after our deaths.
I contacted the Alabama Baptist Foundation, since that is their area of expertise. The process was as simple as making an appointment with a representative of the Foundation.
I’ve since learned that most giving in churches is cash and that few consider tithing to include property or other assets.
I believe Scripture is not just giving financial advice, but presents stewardship of all that I have as a way I worship.
We have talked many times about revising our will, but that call is even easier to postpone than the initial call. We’ve talked about being more specific in the tithe of our estate, but we have never considered not giving 10% to Baptist causes.
May I challenge you to do the same as an act of worship.
Helps Your Church
When your members remember the cause of Christ in their will, the church can do more ministry. Estate Stewardship is a ministry to provide assistance in planning how to give a portion of your estate to benefit the cause of Christ. We can help you integrate your personal, financial and estate planning goals with your goals for lifetime or testamentary charitable giving.
The pilot of this ministry to the local church began in January of 2005. In the first 16 (of the more than 3,200) Alabama Baptist churches, more than $128 million in immediate and planned gifts were been designated by fellow Baptist who have discovered the significance of planning the estate through the eyes of a steward. Of this amount, more than $78.5 million is designated for the local church. Prior to that, only 2% of participating individuals had an estate plan. After beginning the process, 90% have an estate plan. When God’s people hear, understand and then apply biblical principles to estate planning, ministry is funded.
Stewardship is not about your money. Any life plan based on money will fail. We must get back to Biblical teachings on stewardship that include time, talent, and treasure. Biblically based stewardship education is needed in all of our churches and families.
This ministry is NOT about money. It is about stewardship. It is not a program. It is an education process.
Additionally, we assist Alabama Baptist churches in encouraging planned gifts by giving seminars in local churches.
Reach Your World
Gifts through the Cooperative Program make possible many ministries as Alabama Baptists seek to carry out the Great Commission. The Cooperative Program is a way you can invest in:
Gifts through the Cooperative Program make it all possible.