Everyone’s life leaves footprints. The Christian follows in the footprints of Christ to impress upon others a strength of character, good works, kindness, compassion, and values. Our positive impressions enhance the lives of our friends and loved ones and direct them to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as well.
Thoughtful estate planning is one means we have to do this. For example, consider the effect of a plan that not only includes provisions for family members, but resources for WELS ministry.
1. An estate gift makes a positive statement.
When you include WELS in the final disposition of your estate, you declare to your family and friends that you believe in and care about the Savior’s mission. Your parting gift becomes a clear declaration of your love for Jesus and his values.
2. An estate gift provides needed funding.
Estate gifts are especially valuable, not only because they tend to be larger than annual gifts, but because they often come at critical times. They provide that extra boost to the ministry plan that can make the difference between program advancement and retrenchment.
Estate gifts can be designated for a specific purpose or they can be unrestricted for use where needed most. They can fund endowments that perpetually provide an ongoing witness to your friends and loved ones that you believe in the work of Christ through WELS.
3. An estate gift encourages imitation.
There’s something about a well-planned estate gift that influences others to “go and do likewise.” As friends and family members plan their own estates, they may be inspired by your Christian generosity and thoughtfulness. Your gift may open up resources from God for WELS through other estates.
If you are interested in supporting your church, synod, or another WELS ministry through your estate plan, see our Christian estate planning guide, then contact a WELS Christian giving counselor for assistance.