Why I’m Thankful for The Baptist Foundation of California

Why I’m Thankful for The Baptist Foundation of California

Written By Dr. Jeff Iorg

Why I’m Thankful for The Baptist Foundation of California

One of my favorite partners – both personally and professionally – is The Baptist Foundation of California (BFC).  They have developed my estate plan, assuring our estate is used properly after we are in heaven.  They are also vital investment partners, managing part of the endowment for Gateway Seminary.

            While Baptist Foundations do many things, depending on their location and size, their core function is usually estate planning.  Baptist Foundations like the BFC help rank-and-file Baptists (and others as well) with wills, trusts, and other estate planning tools.  Their services are not gimmicky or trendy, but based on sound legal and financial strategies used by all good financial service companies, applied with Christian values.

            One of the myths about estate planning is that it’s only important to wealthy people.  Actually, if you are a parent, you must have an estate plan – including a will that directs who will rear your children.  Without a will, a judge will determine custody of your children – and you are naïve if you think they will always make the best choice.  Every person – no matter their resources – needs to leave binding legal directives about this issue, as well as the use of their fiscal assets.  When we were younger, the BFC helped us to sort out these issues and make sure our decisions on this matter were in place.

            One unique quality of Baptist Foundations is personal care provided for their estate planning clients.  Recently, when a friend lost her husband, Baptist Foundation employees helped her with funeral arrangements, disposal of personal property, and relocation to a care facility.  While the Foundation’s attorneys handled the legal aspects of her husband’s death, other employees made sure her personal needs were met (like sorting photos, packing boxes, and protecting her collectibles and pets during her move).  Personally, I have seen this done dozens of times over the years by Foundation employees.  They truly care about client service – rolling-up-their-sleeves kinds of service – you just don’t get from secular counterparts.

            If you need a trustworthy, competent partner to help with estate planning – give your state Baptist Foundation a call.  They will serve you personally and with integrity.  Their work will protect your family – as well as provide long-term financial support for your favorite ministries.

            But your needs may also include institutional financial counsel and management. The BFC can help you with church loans, investment tools for church resources, and wise financial counsel about a host of issues church leaders are faced with and usually have little training in resolving.  Thankfully, the BFC staff is competent, knowledgeable, and spiritually-focused as they help with these matters.

            The final reason I appreciate the BFC is the quality of their staff.  I know many of them personally and can vouch for their Christian integrity and consistency.  They are the same people at the office, at your church, on the golf course, or out to dinner.  You can count on them to provide wise counsel based on biblical standards.  They understand Baptists and Baptist churches and can be trusted to guide them within the convictions that mark our movement.  In short, they are people we can trust – and do trust to carry out important business on our behalf.

            Thank God for a remarkable partner – The Baptist Foundation of California!

About the Author

Dr. Jeff Iorg
President, Gateway Seminary

Dr. Iorg teaches leadership, preaching, and church ministry courses at Gateway Seminary. He speaks frequently on these subjects in conferences and other venues, including college campuses and leadership seminars. His publications include nine books: The Painful Side of Leadership, The Character of Leadership, Is God Calling Me?, The Case for Antioch, Seasons of a Leader’s Life, Unscripted, Ministry in the New Marriage Culture, Leading Major Change in Your Ministry, and his latest, Shadow Christians. Iorg has also written dozens of articles and curriculum materials.

Iorg is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University (B.A.), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Ann, has three adult children, and five grandchildren. His hobbies include reading fiction, cheering on the Oregon Ducks, and searching for the world’s best barbeque restaurant.

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