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Churches encouraged to promote leaving a legacy

As Christian Legacy Week launches today (19 October), churches are being urged to talk more about legacy giving ...

As Christian Legacy Week launches today (19 October), churches are being urged to talk more about legacy giving.

A survey by Christian Research found that only 45% of Christians plan to leave a gift to a church or charity in their will.

Legacy gifts are an important way that Christians can positively impact the world when they are no longer here. The research shows that Christians are concerned about the future of our society, with the majority (61%) feeling that the condition of British society will decline over the next 25 years. In light of this, they identified the need to share the gospel, and to tackle poverty and social injustice as their highest priorities.

Despite this, just 5% of Christians saw legacy giving as an important way they could do this and help impact future generations.

Over half (55%) of Christians do not plan to leave a gift to a church or charity or are undecided.

Paul Chenery, from Christian charity TLG, and part of the Christian Legacy consortium, said: “Legacy gifts play such an important role in ensuring the fantastic work of charities and churches continues. However many Christians have never considered leaving a gift in their will.

“Death and legacy gifts should not be a taboo subject for Christians. That’s why this Christian Legacy Week we are excited to be raising awareness of the issue and providing resources to get Christians talking about it. A gift in your will can powerfully impact future generations and bring healing and hope to a broken world.”

The Church of England have also launched a video (see above) to promote legacy giving to churches.  John Preston, the National Stewardship and Resources Officer at the Church of England said, “The call to Christian stewardship doesn’t just apply to our church and charitable giving – we’re called to be generous in all our giving throughout life and at the end of life. I commend Christian Legacy’s efforts to raise the important opportunity to give through our wills.”

Christian Legacy are providing resources to help Church leaders and small groups to talk about legacy gifts. You can access the resources here.

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