Wills, Charitable Gift Annuities, Trusts, Life Income and Other Charitable Agreements

Trust Services of the church ( see Trust Services ) utilizes these special methods to help members most effectively remember the Lord’s work in their accumulated assets and estate plans. Trust Services personnel offer qualified counsel in any of these special methods. They are also happy to work with the members’ own professional advisers. The local requirements of each jurisdiction must be carefully considered. The Christian’s goals might be summarized as (1) to serve Jesus with heart and life, (2) to provide for the necessities of loved ones, and (3) to support the outreach of the church to the larger family of God on earth. The following legal methods are useful vehicles to accomplish these goals even in death. Wills. The right to make a will is almost universally recognized. Howe...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.