It’s been on my backburner for weeks. I intended to do this during the earlier days of January. It’s not that I procrastinated; other items and tasks kept edging their way to the top of the triage list. But that’s often the case when we are dealing with Last Will and Testaments.

While August is ‘National Make a Will’ month, January is when most churches have given attention to this task. I’m not sure how many funerals I’ve conducted over the last 30 years, but I’m amazed at the number of persons who die without a will or with a will they intended to update but never did. My will is written and up-to-date. It insures that debts are paid, assets are distributed to my children and my Christian witness continues after my death. I want to provide some continued care for my family…and my faith family. Yes, this church is in my will.

Last year, our church was able to significantly reduce her debt and significantly fund her property reserves because individuals remembered us in their estate giving. I hope you’ll join me and do the same. Many persons leave a portion of their assets as an unrestricted gift to the budgetary needs of the church. Many choose to make a gift to the First Baptist Church of Greenville SC Foundation. Funds deposited into the Foundation are not spent, but earnings on that corpus are annually distributed to the church for mission efforts and property needs. The money we give to the Foundation will continue to do God’s work long after we are gone.

I know I’m a little late writing this article, but that’s often the way it is with Last Wills and Testaments. But I want to encourage you to make sure you have a will, your will is up to date and not only your family, but your faith family is part of your ongoing gifts.

— Jim