Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Presentations and Preaching


The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation offers a variety of presentations throughout the year. In addition, Foundation staff are available to preach in weekend church services. If you are interested in a staff member preaching or presenting for your church/organization, please let us know online or contacting our office. 

Learn & Grow Seminar Series

Each month the Foundation hosts a Learn & Grow seminar on various topics for clergy and laity. 

January 27 - Estate Planning
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Guest Presenter: John Griffin, Stewardship Counseling LLC
When it comes to estate planning some questions you may have asked are: What is an estate plan? How does an estate plan protect my family? How do I give charitably through my estate? How often should I review my estate plan? These questions and more will be answered by John Griffin, an estate planning attorney with Stewardship Counseling. John will explain the estate planning process and how to avoid common mistakes.
February 15 - Clergy Taxes
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Offered in partnership with Discipleship Ministries. Click here to register for the February Seminar. 
Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like Social Security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. There are questions you may have about implications of the pandemic on your 2020 tax situation. Your corner tax preparer may not understand the unique situation of clergy and finding a preparer who does can save you substantially in money and aggravation. Join us as the Rev. Don Joiner, a certified financial planner, helps us navigate the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future.
March 23 - Basics of Social Security & Retirement Taxes (Part 1)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
 Guest Presenter: Ken Sokol
Topics will be qualifying for and accumulating retirement benefits (personal, spousal, survivor benefits, divorced spousal and survivor benefits, working in retirement).  
April 13 - Basics of Social Security & Retirement Taxes (Part 2)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
 Guest Presenter: Ken Sokol
Topics will be optimizing social security benefits, tax implications and case studies. 
May 11 - How to Talk to People about Giving
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
 Guest Presenter: Dustin Cooper, Horizons Stewardship

Miss a seminar? Recordings of the seminars are available to view online at your convenience. 


Visioning for Your Church During Times of Change

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How the Foundation Can Support Your Ministry 

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Understanding the CARES Act and Charitable Giving in 2020

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Investor Forum with Wespath 

We are excited to announce the Foundation will be hosting an Investor Forum with Wespath Institutional Investments on Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.    

Whether your church/organization currently invests with the Foundation, is considering investing with the Foundation, or is just interested in information on sustainable investing for the long-term, this forum is for you! Karen Manczko, Director of Institutional Relationships with Wespath, will be sharing an update on how the Foundation's funds performed in 2020, the targets for 2021, and the Wespath's long-term investment strategy. 


The Foundation offers Leaving a Lasting Legacy regional church training workshops to help equip pastors and lay persons to begin and/or grow their Planning Giving Program. A Legacy Ministry (Endowment Ministry) is about inviting persons of your congregation to leave a lasting legacy through a planned gift. This ministry is based on the belief that God is still at work in the community and by giving generously you can change lives of those who will come after you.

Please check back for the 2021 workshop dates. A recording of the workshop is available online to view at your convenience.


Our mission is to strengthen churches and individuals to be financially healthy. Staff are available to preach during weekend services throughout the year on God’s call in our lives to be a generous people. The message can focus either on leaving a lasting legacy or on annual stewardship. 



Five Ways to Give Generously

Individuals can support the work and ministry of your church or organization in a variety of ways through giving now or in making plans for future gifts. Through planned giving, individuals can maximize tax benefits and leave a lasting legacy. This presentation can be used in conjunction with a sermon on legacy giving.  

Who: Everyone
Time: 45 – 60 minutes

This presentation is also available in an online format. Click here for the link

Legacy Giving Program

Tips and tools for establishing and/or growing your planned giving program to help further the ministries of your church or organization.

Who: Trustees/Committee Members
Time: 45 – 60 minutes


Investing with the Foundation

Learn more about investment options with the Foundation and investing for the future.   

Who: Trustees/Committee Members
Time: 30 – 45 minutes


Generosity 101 & the Ministry of the Foundation

God calls us to live generous lives. Through the generosity of others, we can enjoy the things we have today. This presentation discusses ways in which the Foundation can support your church or organization in living out its missional calling.

Who: Everyone
Time: 30 – 45 minutes


Ready to take the next step? Schedule a presentation today. Preaching and presentations can be scheduled online or by contacting our office.


Already have your presentation scheduled? Check out the materials for promoting the event.