Gift Planning

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement

Planned giving benefits are numerous when creating your gift plan. Above all is the opportunity to practice true generosity and Christian stewardship.

This is done in joyful response to what the Lord has done for you. Also, it allows you to make the very best gifts to family and ministry.

You can rest assured knowing that your wishes will be honored and that your earthly assets will be passed on in a way that makes sense and is helpful to those people and organizations you hold most dear.

And third is that our expert gift-planning counselors show you how to make best use of tax laws and wealth transfer principles that maximize what you share with others and minimize what is eaten up in taxes and probate fees.

Through a planned gift to the LCMS, enabled by an LCMS gift planning advocate, you may:

  • Increase your annual income
  • Eliminate capital gains tax on assets
  • Gift the most appropriate/favorable assets to heirs and to the ministry you love
  • Receive a significant tax deduction
  • Lower your potential estate tax
  • Assure the transfer of your fullest possible estate value to heirs
  • Increase possible gifts to heirs and grandchildren

The easiest planned gift — designating LCMS as a beneficiary

Perhaps the easiest way to share the Gospel and leave your legacy is by including the LCMS as a designated beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of your:

  • Life insurance policy
  • IRA, TSA or other deferred plan
  • LCEF Certificate
  • Certificate of Deposit (CD)
  • Other equity asset

Other ways to plan a gift:


A bequest is also one of the easiest planned gifts and is usually a component of your will. Your future gift will support your favorite LCMS ministry.

For a simple will, a statement like the following is almost always sufficient:

I bequeath (dollar amount) (percentage of my estate) to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63122.

Gift Annuities

You make a gift and receive fixed, lifetime payments for one or two individuals. The remaining value of the gift becomes a gift to ministry when the Lord calls you home.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

You transfer cash or property to a trust that pays income for your life or a term of years. The remainder becomes a gift to ministry.

Donor Advised Fund

Establishing a legacy of giving for your children and grandchildren, plus supporting favorite ministries on your timing. A donor advised fund is a smart alternative to a family foundation.

Personal Endowments

This gift establishes a legacy that provides a dependable stream of funding to the ministries you care about. You choose how to set up an endowment and how it will benefit ministry (or multiple ministries). It can be perpetual or last for a term of years.

Contact LCMS Mission Advancement

Gift planning can benefit you and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Continue your legacy to your church and family by supporting God’s mission through the LCMS.

Perhaps the easiest way to share the Gospel and leave your legacy is by contacting one of our gift planning advocates:

Mike Fischer
Senior Gift Planning Counselor
LCMS Mission Advancement

Kate Ellis
Coordinator, Gift Planning and Grants
LCMS Mission Advancement

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose, when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.

Consistent with Synod Board policy and in recognition of the joyful response and generosity of God’s people over the past fiscal year, not more than 10.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors (compared to a not-more-than ceiling of 13.5 percent the previous fiscal year). Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

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