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Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

Connect the dots is magical — at least for someone like me, who barely managed a passing grade in high school art class!

In my work this past year, I’ve been connecting the dots between churches and the benefits of partnering with Barnabas Foundation

If you’ve not been able to connect the dots either, let me help.

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Should I Give My Stock to Charity?

Should I Give My Stock to Charity?

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q. Should I give my stock to charity?

A. If you have stock that you’ve owned for at least a year and it has increased in value, this is much more cost effective than giving cash. You’ll receive a tax deduction for the fair market value and avoid paying capital gains.

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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Article Type: Life Stories

Empowering Practical Transformation Through the Stewards Fund

Paying airfare for community development facilitators to train local leaders in Madagascar. Providing a salary supplement for a national community development coordinator in Kenya. Translating a community training manual into French.

These are just a few of the practical and savvy ways the Lois Ooms Community Health Stewards Fund is being used to transform communities around the world.

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A Lesson from Aretha Franklin for the Church

A Lesson from Aretha Franklin for the Church

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

Few church members will receive fame and accolades the way Aretha Franklin did during her lifetime.

But every believer, no matter how meager their circumstances, can be afforded care from another believer who, in Jesus’ name, says to him or her, “Let’s make sure you have a will.” 

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How Do I Leave a Gift for My Church in My Will?

How Do I Leave a Gift for My Church in My Will?

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q. Why should I consider leaving a gift in my will?

A. Your will (or trust) is your final act of stewardship and care. Through it, you can take care of your loved ones, model a legacy of generosity and ensure your favorite ministries continue to make a difference well beyond your lifetime. 

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