Barnabas Foundation offers a variety of educational, planning and marketing resources to support your church or ministry’s stewardship and planned giving efforts.

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  • Stewards Fund Distribution Request Form

    Forms & Information, Forms

    Please complete this form if you are interested in establishing a Stewards Fund (donor-advised fund) with Barnabas Foundation. 

  • Stewardship Basics Series - Part 1

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Rick Droog and Rodger Rice, Stewardship Consultants with Barnabas Foundation discuss the five keys to a more generous church. How do you spread a vision for biblical stewardship in an uncertain economy?

    View this webinar and you’ll learn:

    • Updates on the current stewardship landscape and how it impacts your church
    • How to spread an inspiring vision (and do more with less!)
    • Proven approaches for building leadership support
    • How to engage hearts (not just wallets) with a stewardship team
    • Practical tools and next steps to get started

  • Stewardship Basics Series - Part 2

    This webinar discusses Stories From Churches Like Yours with Mike Koetje and Lyle Ahrenholz.

  • Stewardship Basics Series - Part 3

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Karen Layland and Laura DeVries discuss nurturing stewardship as a core value.


    • How to make stewardship part of your Church’s DNA
    • Practical resources you can use today to grow generosity in your church
    • How every ministry in your church can reflect stewardship as a core value
    • And much more! 

  • Stewardship Spotlight

    A quarterly newsletter focusing on Planned Giving and stewardship education.

    On this page we make available past issues of our Stewardship Spotlight Newsletter. These files are in Adobe PDF Format. You will need Adobe Acrobat viewer to see and/or print the PDF version of the newsletters. If you wish to print a newsletter, use the "Print" command in your browser after you have opened the newsletter you want to print.

    Note: Each newsletter will open in a new browser window. To return to this page after you are done viewing a newsletter simply close the window that was opened to display the newsletter.

    A quarterly newsletter focusing on planned giving and stewardship education.

  • The Answer to Your Church Foundation Challenge

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Cindi Riemersma, client services administrator at Barnabas Foundation, discusses the answers to your church foundation challenge.

    View this webinar and you’ll learn:

    • How a foundation benefits your church and its members
    • How you can easily establish a legacy foundation
    • How a church legacy foundation works
    • What new types of gifts your church may receive
    • How to grow your foundation Success stories from other churches

  • The Godly Steward and Self-Understanding

    This webinar discusses the Godly steward and self-understanding with Dr. R. Scott Rodin.

  • The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

    1. Increase in the standard deduction for all tax filers.

    The standard deduction has been raised to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples. If your total giving is less than the standard deduction, this eliminates the need for you to worry about itemized deductions or charitable receipts when you file your taxes. You’ll receive this benefit automatically.

    2. Increase in charitable deduction limitation.

    If your support to charitable causes exceeds the standard deduction, this may provide you with additional tax benefits. In the past, you were limited to deducting up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income for cash gifts in any one year. The new tax bill increases that amount to 60 percent. Gifts of appreciated assets are still limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. 

    3. Increase in estate tax exclusions.

    The estate tax exclusion amount has been increased to $11,180,000 for individuals and $22,360,000 for married couples, a level at which 99 percent of Americans will have no federal estate tax to pay. This provision remains in effect through the end of 2025. This means that you no longer need to worry about estate tax when considering the legacy you wish to leave for your family and the ministries close to your heart.

    Opportunities for you

    In light of the new tax bill, here are some opportunities you should consider… 

    1. If you are over 70 ½, IRA gifts are tax-smart gifts. They reduce your taxable income, whether or not you itemize your deductions. 

    2. Gifts of inventory or commodities also make excellent gifts, since they also reduce taxable income. 

    3. Appreciated asset gifts remain excellent opportunities since they help you avoid capital gain income (as well as provide a charitable deduction if you itemize).

    4. Life income gifts like charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts continue to be great ways to support your favorite ministries while receiving income for life.

    5. If your taxes are now reduced, you have more disposable income.  This provides you with additional cash flow for charitable giving and other discretionary spending.

    Talk with a Planner

    To have a confidential conversation with someone who understands tax-wise charitable planning from a distinctly Christian worldview, contact Barnabas Foundation at 888.448.3040 or email

    Fact Sheet for Families 

    Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed, we know several provisions that may affect the tax implications of your charitable giving. Here are some of the key changes…

  • The Pastor’s Role in Growing Generous Hearts

    This webinar discusses the Pastor’s role growing generous hearts with Rebekah Basinger.

  • The Role of Planned Giving in Your Church

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Amy Bakker Baty, director of planned giving services, discusses the role of planned giving in your church. Want to find out what potential is available to your church by promoting planned gifts? You will hear about the untapped potential in your church, new creative ways to give, steps to get started with your members, and stories from other churches. 

  • The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

    Treasure Principle

    Alcorn bases his brief, motivational message on the words of the world's foremost financial consultant, Jesus Christ, who advised listeners to "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matthew 6:20). In a concise power-packed style, he leads the reader toward the Treasure Principle mindset by proposing and illustrating key truths. "God owns everything," writes Alcorn. "I'm His money manager. What I call my money is really His. The question is, what does He want me to do with His money?"  

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    This book introduces readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity that will change lives around the world.

  • The Vital Link Between Vision & Giving

    Webinar (For Churches)

    Strong vision and generous giving are basic building blocks which are vital for healthy church ministry. But every pastor knows that these basics are by no means easy. Indeed, maintaining steady vision and cultivating sacrificial giving are two of the most challenging tasks leaders face!

    In this webinar, Rev. Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director of the Christian Reformed Church, will discuss the vital link in church ministry between vision and giving. Gain valuable insight from an experienced church leader who has cast vision to inspire giving at both local and denominational levels.

    Together, we’ll explore…

    • Components of a compelling vision that inspires.
    • Common obstacles to vision casting.
    • Best practices to link giving to ministry vision.

    Plan on attending what promises to be a webinar that’s both inspirational and practical!