Cascade UMC Mission—The Mission of Cascade United Methodist Church is to bring others to Christ and to nurture and develop the spiritual growth of our membership
Cascade UMC Vision—The Vision of Cascade United Methodist Church is to be a Christ centered church that effectively and efficiently develops spiritual gifts, embraces the local and global community and nurtures all generations.
Guiding Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:14b (NLT)
“… Everything we have has come from you and we give you only what you have already given us”
In partnership with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, Cascade UMC is developing an endowment fund which will serve the church for years to come. This Legacy Ministry will be a permanent benefit to God by maintaining a place to make disciples forever, to our church by establishing long-term financial stability, and our members as a legacy for future generations.
Church endowments provide the income to maintain church buildings, generate funds for mission work or enhance other ministries. The difference between endowment funds and other types of funds, such as operating or capital funds, is that assets are invested in perpetuity. The whole point of an endowment is to provide a steady, predictable source of income over time. The principal is invested and guidelines are established that state how much of each year’s investment income can be spent. When properly managed, endowment funds will generate earnings that can enhance the ministry of the church in the years ahead to serve its mission and ministry needs.
A properly structured endowment program will help us secure the financial future of Cascade UMC.
Many churches with small memberships are still able to provide many ministries that impact, influence, and serve the communities around them. You may wonder how this is done. Often times this is done not only from the tithes and offerings of the congregation but through an alternate stream of income. What if we, as a large congregation could anticipate our needs for ministry and facilities and staff and set aside funds that would earn interest income to support our mission and long-term ministry? If we want to consider ourselves as good stewards, we must.
How It Affects Giving
When members are given opportunities to give from accumulated assets as well as from current income, it can lead to increased generosity. It adds a completely separate income stream. An endowment’s existence will encourage deferred gifts to the church that might otherwise have gone to an alternate charity. Endowments also provide opportunities to give gifts in honor and in memory of family and friends.
An Endowment Fund Says That Cascade UMC:
1.Believes in its future
2.Wishes to be guided in stewardship by the belief that all we have is from God
3.Wants to build a sense of permanence
4.Desires as a church family to be good stewards even as we expect each member to be a good steward
5.Wishes to go the extra mile in providing new services and programs
6.Wants to create a legacy for future generations
Five Ways Endowment Programs Will Help Cascade UMC Grow:
1.The church receives increased gifts to fund its various ministries
2.Members begin including planned gifts as well as current gifts in their stewardship response
3.Members are educated as to gift opportunities for mission and ministry
4.Current contributions given in support of the on-going annual budget are freed up to strengthen and even expand existing programs
5.The church begins to receive major planned gifts that have previously been directed to other charities many of which have endowments already in place
Fund Investment and Administration
A Permanent Endowment and Planned Giving Legacy Ministry/Committee will be established and granted authority at the Charge Conference to administer the Cascade UMC Permanent Endowment Fund. All gifts received by the Cascade UMC Permanent Endowment Fund will be invested in established trust accounts at the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.