Legacy Ministry Training

Providing an opportunity for your members to give or leave a gift to your church endowment can be one of the greatest ways for them to give witness to their faith and values. In order to provide this opportunity, churches must establish and promote their endowments.

The Georgia United Methodist Foundation would like to make this process easy for you. We have developed two options for you to consider in helping your leadership become educated and proactive in promoting your endowment. Each of these options includes step-by-step processes as well as turn-key documents for everything that you will need to design and implement your customized program. Let us help you inspire your membership to leave a lasting legacy for “making disciples for the transformation of the world.”

Option 1: Self-Directed Legacy Ministry Training

Meet with your team during times that are convenient for you and use our 45-minute modules to view the training and complete any homework.

Option 2: Consultant-Directed Legacy Ministry Training

Consult with Foundation staff to meet with your team on a regular basis to walk you through each step of the program.

After you have completed the training, Foundation staff is also available to consult with you to assure that the program stays on track during the critical first year of implementation.

Already enrolled? Access the Session Documents here.

What Does it Cost to Participate?

The fee for any of the options for the Legacy Ministry Training is ½ of 1 percent (or 50 basis points) of the church’s prior year’s revenue or $5,000 whichever is greater. When you successfully complete the training and set up an endowment fund at the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, your fee will be placed in your account, and will count toward the $5,000 minimum required to open an account.  To be successful, you must complete the homework for the 12 sessions, have a permanent committee and have an approved resolution that has been approved by the charge conference. 

In addition to the fee above, the Consultant-Directed Training is $1,000/month plus expenses based on a 12 month contract.  These monies are not refundable.

NOTE: Many churches will have a donor or two who will be excited about providing seed money for an Endowment ministry. For assistance in cultivating these potential donors, contact us.


“This is a very worthy, thorough, informative and helpful webinar presentation. The program covers so much. It’s good you can go back to gumf.org to review sessions and materials.  We would like to thank the Foundation for providing the resources and training for us. We could not have established this program without their help.” Paul Watkins, Chair, Legacy Ministry Endowment, Nacoochee UMC.

“The training has taken us step-by-step through the process of understanding endowments, preparing materials and presentations, and formulating our brochure, website and marketing plans. Thanks to the Foundation, we’re providing an avenue for people to further God’s kingdom and making provisions for future generations to grow in their faith and spirituality. Churches that do not develop a planned giving program are missing a big opportunity to fund current and future ministries. They are also denying their members the opportunity to give back to their church in a very significant and special way, whether it’s a gift made while they are living or through a bequest to honor and thank God for all He has given.”
- Jim Rogers, Chair, Legacy Ministry Committee, East Cobb UMC.

Please contact us at 770-449-6726, 478-256-7130 (South Georgia) or info@gumf.org.