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The Alabama Baptist Highlights Christian Estate Planning Through TBFA

The Alabama Baptist Highlights Christian Estate Planning Through TBFA

Montgomery, Alabama – In the latest issue of The Alabama Baptist, Dr. Bobby S. Terry, Editor, published an editorial entitled, “The Greatest Act of Christian Stewardship.” In the article, Dr. Terry describes his recent experience with creating a Christian estate plan through The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA).

The full article can be found below, but highlights from Dr. Terry’s thoughts include,

  “The need for help in estate planning is great. Reports indicate that 55 percent of all people do not have a will and 71 percent of people under 35 do not have a will.”

  “For me, the catalyst to act was an offer by The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) to consult with PhilanthroCorp, a stewardship planning organization based in Colorado Spring, Colo….”

 “PhilanthroCorp reviewed our wills…they raise questions that helps one think Biblically about Christian stewardship. Then they help find the best ways to accomplish whatever goals are set.”

 “For a Christian, estate planning begins on one’s knees asking what God would have one do as stewards of what He has entrusted to them. It requires creative biblical thinking. Then it deserves wise plans for implementation. For me, TBFA and its partner organization PhilanthroCorp were valuable resources in the process. I commend them to you.”

Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, said, “We are so pleased that Dr. Terry was willing to share his excellent estate planning experience in the pages of The Alabama Baptist. We believe the pews of Baptist churches in Alabama are filled with members who would greatly benefit from these free professional services. These services not only help individuals with all of the practical aspects of planning, but also offer spiritual insight regarding this important and overlooked act of financial stewardship. TBFA is committed to spreading the message of estate stewardship, and we stand ready to assist any Alabama Baptist interested in exploring a sound estate plan that can honor their family and their faith.”

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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..

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TBFA Holds Annual Investment Forum

TBFA Holds Annual Investment Forum

Point Clear, Alabama – On October 14, 2014, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) held its annual investment forum. Every year, TBFA invites the members of its Board of Directors as well as its investment managers to this informative, one day event.

Representatives from the following investment managers were in attendance:

Ceres Partners LLC
Courage Capital Management
Dimensional Fund Advisors
International Farming Corporation
Private Advisors, LLC
Reinhart Partners, Inc.
Resource Management Service, LLC
SSI Investment Management
Stonebridge Advisors LLC
Weaver C. Barksdale & Associates

To start the day, Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, welcomed the group and Nathan McCarthy, TBFA’s Investment Officer, provided an update on the Foundation’s investment management process.

The highlight of the event, however, was the annual investment roundtable, where each of the managers was invited to share their own unique perspective on the current climate in their respective marketplace, as well as compare thoughts the economy and investment landscape in general.

2014 Round Table

Barry Bledsoe said, “The annual investment forum is an event we look forward to every year. The insights and ideas generated from this event are always excellent, and this year was no exception. We would like to thank our investment managers for attending this year’s event and to their continuing dedication to helping us be good stewards of the assets generous Baptists have entrusted to us.”

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

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Mobile Area Estate Stewardship Conference Draws Record Attendance

Saraland, Alabama – On September 24, 2014, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) was on the campus of First Baptist North Mobile to host its Mobile Area Estate Stewardship Conference. 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:

 

3 Circle Church, Fairhope

Baldwin Baptist Association

Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Millry

Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile

First Baptist Church, Fairhope

First Baptist Church, North Mobile

First Baptist Church, Satsuma

Mobile Baptist Association

 

Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, gave an overview of the Foundation and described the components of an effective estate stewardship ministry. He then held a question and answer session with Ed Litton, Senior Pastor and Scott White, Executive Pastor of First Baptist North Mobile. Ed and Scott discussed the blessings both have seen (personally, for the members of their church, and for First Baptist itself) from implementing an estate stewardship ministry.

 

Scott White said, “We could not be more excited at North Mobile about joining with the vision and passion of The Baptist Foundation of Alabama. The Estate Stewardship Conference was an invaluable opportunity to learn how to partner with them for greater Kingdom impact.”

 

Barry Bledsoe said, “We are grateful to First Baptist North Mobile for hosting this important event for local churches. We would also like to thank the pastors who came to learn more about the ways estate stewardship ministry can effectively serve their church members, as it has for First Baptist North Mobile.”

 

 

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.

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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 Alabaster

FBC Mt. Olive

FBC Pell City

FBC Springville

FBC Trussville

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.

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TBFA Holds Successful Legacy Stewardship Conference for Central Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama — On February 12, 2014, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) hosted a Central Alabama Legacy Stewardship Conference at its offices in Montgomery, AL. 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:

 

Antioch East Baptist Church, Greenville

First Baptist Church, Dadeville

First Baptist Church, Enterprise

First Baptist Church, Montgomery

First Baptist Church, Prattville

First Baptist Church, Selma

Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn

Parkway Baptist Church, Auburn

Valley Grande Baptist Church

West End Baptist Church, Clanton

 

Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, gave an overview of the Foundation and the components of an effective estate stewardship ministry. He was followed by Dr. Jay L. Wolf, Senior Pastor at Montgomery’s First 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 three years ago.

 

 

“We would like to thank all of the churches in attendance for making this event a successful one!” said Barry Bledsoe.

 

 

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.

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The Baptist Foundation of Alabama Adds Chief Administrative Officer

The Baptist Foundation of Alabama Adds Chief Administrative Officer

Montgomery, Alabama – On January 1, 2014, John Ashworth joined The Baptist Foundation of Alabama as Chief Administrative Officer.

 

John has oversight of, or is involved in, many aspects of the Foundation’s ministry, including trust operations, scholarships, property, investments, and eldercare. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a licensed securities professional, having spent fifteen years working in the capital markets. Most recently, he was a Vice President with Merchant Capital, LLC, the most active municipal bond underwriter in the states of Alabama and Georgia. Previously, John worked as an equity research analyst with Jefferies & Company and J.C. Bradford & Co. While at Jefferies, he was a member of a two-person equity research team ranked second in The Wall Street Journal’s, “Annual Best on the Street Master Stock Pickers Analyst Survey”. Prior to this, John served as an analyst at Louden & Company, a strategic consulting firm.

 

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. John is an active member of First Baptist Church Montgomery, where he has served in a variety of leadership positions. John is married to the former Ivy Jackson, and they have two children.

 

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.

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TBFA Staff Attends The Alabama Baptist State Convention

Huntsville, Alabama – Representatives from The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) were proud to attend the 2013 Alabama Baptist State Pastor’s Conference and Convention held at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, on November 10-13, 2013.

 

Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, said, “Every year, The Foundation looks forward to the State Evangelism conference. What a joy it is for us to join with so many of our fellow Alabama Baptists to see what God is doing in and through our great convention.”

 

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.

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Joey Hocutt Joins The Baptist Foundation of Alabama as Development Officer

Joey Hocutt Joins The Baptist Foundation of Alabama as Development Officer

Montgomery, Alabama — The Baptist Foundation of Alabama is pleased to announce that Joey Hocutt joined in July 2013 as Development Officer.

 

Joey has primary responsibility for development in the Northern part of Alabama, although he often works in all parts of Alabama. Joey is responsible for the development of estate stewardship ministries within the churches of Alabama, as well as assisting individuals in completing their estate plans to help them remember their families and their faith. As an attorney, Joey is also involved in the probate process across the State of Alabama where the Foundation has been asked to serve as personal representative.

 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Joey practiced law privately for almost fifteen years with three firms in the West-Central Alabama area. Much of his practice focused on real estate law, business law, estate planning and probate.

 

Joey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama in Political Science in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1999. Joey is an active member of Alberta Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he serves as deacon chairman and senior high boy’s Sunday School teacher as well as being very active in the music ministry. Married to the former Jamie Reid, they have three daughters.

 

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.