Birmingham Area Estate Stewardship Conference Draws Record Attendance
Trussville, Alabama – The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) was pleased to host its Birmingham Area Estate Stewardship Conference at First Baptist Church, Trussville on April 2, 2014. Church leaders in attendance heard from TBFA staff and fellow pastors about the ways an effective estate stewardship ministry can serve church members by providing them an estate plan that honors their family and their faith.
Representatives from the following churches were in attendance:
Alberta Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa
Brookwood Baptist Church, Mountain Brook
Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa
Canaan Baptist, Bessemer, AL
Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
FBC Mt. Olive
FBC Pell City
Hunter Street Baptist Church, Hoover, AL
Meadow Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Shades Mountain Baptist Church
Shelby Baptist Association, Columbiana, AL
St. Clair Baptist Association, Ashville, AL
Christ Fellowship Church, Homewood, AL
The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, AL
Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, gave an overview of the Foundation, introduced its staff in attendance, and described the components of an effective estate stewardship ministry. He then held a question and answer session with Danny Wood, Senior Pastor at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, who discussed the blessings he has seen (both personally, for the members of his church, and the church) from implementing an estate stewardship ministry over 3 years ago.
Danny Wood, Pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, said, “This ministry makes Biblical sense; you’re talking about being a steward of everything you have, not just your cash-on-hand, but everything. One lady created a gift through her estate plan that provided 300,000 meals for starving kids in a third world country, a gift that she couldn’t have made during her life.”
Barry Bledsoe said, “We are grateful to First Baptist Trussville for being such a great host, and we want to thank each church that came to learn how they could serve their church members with an estate stewardship ministry.”
The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) was founded in 1940 to steward Christ-honoring gifts on behalf of generous Alabama Baptists for ministries in Alabama, around the United States, and across the world. TBFA is committed to assisting givers impact their favorite ministries in the largest possible way. Today, the Foundation administers over 250 million dollars of God’s money given by God’s people for God’s purposes. From providing estate planning services for churches and individuals, to managing financial resources effectively and efficiently, The Foundation is proud to play a vital role in helping share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. TBFA is a Cooperative Program Agency of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.