"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

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Leaving gifts in a will

We should give, says Paul, from what we have (2 Cor. 8:12; Deut. 16:17). An up-to-date will protects and blesses those we love. A legacy gift in our will to our church can unlock ministry and mission and, for many of us, may be our most generous gift. A will and a legacy gift in our will are a mature expression of Christian stewardship.
A gift in our will can bless the church, the ministries and the charities we have supported in life. But churches are missing out on an estimated £1 billion of legacy income, not least because we are nervous about asking. A church with an already developed legacy strategy will be in a position to respond to legacy requests but many churches don't have this material to hand. In the short term the resources on the Parish Resources website in Downloads include generic legacy brochures as well as advice on making a will and guidance on how the church can manage the receipt of a legacy. In the longer term do use the excellent resources there to develop a legacy strategy including a customised brochure.