planned giving

During your lifetime, you may work forty years to accumulate assets and spend ten to twenty years conserving that accumulation. Through good planning, another wonderful chapter in life’s testimony can be completed. However, some people may take two hours or less to plan for distribution of the assets. Too many times there has been little prayer or planning and their last chapter becomes burdensome for family members and fails to reflect their values.

In your Christian walk with the Lord, you understand that through proper planning, a legacy of love and care that you leave for your family and friends can be encouraging and even inspiring. Indeed, the Bible tells us, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV).

Being a “good and faithful servant” includes creating a plan. This important stewardship of the things that God has entrusted to you can both protect and provide for your family. Through the Southern Baptist Foundation First Baptist is able to provide you with a document that will show you how to enhance their security by updating your estate plan with a will and planning for your potential future medical decisions.

This guide is designed to encourage you to think about how you want your assets to be distributed at death and to assist you in gathering the information your attorney will need. With this guide, the process will be much easier, less expensive and fulfill your desires for family and the Lord’s work. Click on the lin below to download the guide.

Planning Your Legacy of Faith: A Believer's Guide to Wills & Trusts

The Legacy Committee encourages everyone to have necessary financial documents and to have a statement for family members to where to locate these documents. Necessary financial documents include a Will, a Health Care Power of Attorney, a Durable Power of Attorney and a List of All Assets.