Congregational Legacy Planning

Congregational Legacy Planning

When we hear the words “legacy” and “congregation” in the same sentence, most of us think of a devoted church member leaving a bequest in her will to her faith community. Yet, in the last eight years, I have worked with hundreds of congregations that have questioned...
The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

Most of us have read the statistics about how many churches are likely to close over the next 3-5 years.  Although the various studies come up with different totals, all of the figures are staggering.  To make matters worse, it’s already clear that the hit many of our...
A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

First Christian Church of Rome, Georgia (Disciples of Christ), was a great partner in ministry with the church I pastored for twenty-one years.  Our congregations shared common commitments to feed the hungry and care for the poor in our community.  For more than a...