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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,"" Upper Room Worshipbook

Reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Creative Giving

Understanding Planned Giving and Endowments in Church

Sanford Coon, Rob Fairly, Michael Reeves • March 2015

BUY Print $15.00

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

Creative Giving is a perfect book for church leaders who have no expertise in the area of planned or creative giving. It is an excellent resource for helping non-experts think about estate planning and stewardship within the mission and ministry of the church. A comprehensive guide, Creative Giving guides church leaders in understanding the transfer of wealth through planned giving. The authors equip church leaders with the tools to develop a creative giving program within the congregation.


The Reverend Sanford Coon is an ordained elder and member of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Since 2001, he has served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Conference Methodist Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rob Fairly is Vice President of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana and provides general financial consultation to churches, institutions, and individuals throughout the state. A lifelong Methodist and an active member of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, he has served in numerous local church leadership positions on the district and conference levels. Rob is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving and the current president of the Planned Giving Council of Greater Baton Rouge, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, professional advisors and other community leaders established to promote public interest in charitable giving.

Michael Reeves serves as senior associate pastor and director of strategic resources at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Prior to this, he was president and chief executive officer of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. As senior consultant with two national stewardship consulting firms, Reeves designed and directed more than 200 capital campaigns. He holds an MA in Religious Education and a PhD in both Church Administration and Foundations of Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reeves is also an N.S.F.R.E. Certified Fund Raising Executive.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-758

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-759-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-760-4

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: March 2015

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.342 in (d)

Page Count: 160

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Stewardship & Giving

BISAC1: REL063000

BISAC2: REL055000

BISAC3: REL109000