Morning Star Campaign Services

Is your church or agency creating a vision for the future? Let Morning Star Campaign Services help build a culture of gratitude and generosity for your ministry.

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The Moravian Music Foundation and Moravian Archives

are longtime Moravian Common Fund investors. How can the Common Fund help grow and strengthen your church’s ministry?

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Graceham Moravian Church

is inviting members to remember the church in their estate plans through our church-based GiftLegacy program. Let us help your congregation do the same.

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Let's talk honestly about money and the church

THE MORAVIAN MINISTRIES FOUNDATION helps Moravian individuals, churches, and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to their faith.  We do this through investments, gift planning, and stewardship development.

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MMFA Welcomes Chris Spaugh

Following the announcement last November that Paul McLaughlin, President of the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA), would be retiring effective June 30, 2017, the Board launched a search effort to identify his successor.  The search process went as planned, and the Board is very pleased to announce that Christopher W. Spaugh has accepted the position of President, and will begin with the MMFA on June 1, 2017.

Common Fund: 1st Quarter 2017 Reports

It is always good and more pleasurable to provide you with a positive report on the absolute and relative rates of returns for the Common Fund. This report is for the first quarter of 2017, which ended on March 31.

Understanding Your Annuity or Trust Tax Forms

By now everyone who has created a gift annuity or charitable trust through the Moravian Ministries Foundation has received their tax forms. We are pleased to share information from Kaspick and Company, our investment manager, on how to understand these forms.

Understanding Your Federal Schedule K-1 (Form 1041)
You and your tax advisor may find the following points helpful as you prepare your personal tax returns.

Invest Where You Believe

Let's talk honestly about money and the church.

Forever this has been a naturally complex relationship, because God's grace is freely given and yet doing His work requires so much.

Love. Kindness. Action. And yes, money.

At the Moravian Ministries Foundation, the churches, congregations, and individuals we serve understand this. For them, letting values guide their giving is recognition of a simple, practical truth:

viable ministries need an abundance of resources to thrive.

Blended Giving

So many times in life we think we must choose between two alternatives, like two different cups of coffee. When making a gift to support the causes they care about, many people feel like they either have to choose between making a sizable gift today, so they can see firsthand the impact of their gift (and receive any upfront tax benefits), or holding off on making their intended gift until much later, when they know they won't need the money during their lifetime.

Resources for Congregations

Raising the Next Generation to be Grateful and Generous

Children are one of God's greatest gifts. We strive to raise them to be compassionate, appreciative, and kindhearted. As a church we promise to love and nurture them in Christ. One of our responsibilities as communities of faith is to teach our children how to recognize God's abundant gifts of grace, to be grateful for what they have been given, and to be generous. Here are a few ideas to help as we develop the next generation of stewards.

1. Help children see that God has given them many blessings. (This also teaches good self-esteem.)

Step Up Generosity in 2017

We recommend to pastors and church leaders that you take the time to "step out" your congregational giving this year. Using a chart like the one in the photo (from Herb Miller's Grow1 Stewardship Program), you can easily see how people are supporting the church as well as challenge members to consider moving up a step. Many congregations share the concern that only a few members are generating most of the church's gifts; at a recent conference we heard from a pastor whose church has 10% of the members giving 45% of its budget.

The Giving Autobiography

What is your earliest memory of giving and of receiving? Mine involves my grandmother; she took me out to lunch every year on my birthday, letting me pick the restaurant (as a kid that was usually McDonald’s or Arby’s), and then we went shopping and I got to pick out whatever I wanted as long as it was $20 or less. As an adult I can appreciate that her giving was how we all should give….selflessly. She didn’t make me eat where she wanted to eat (most likely the K&W Cafeteria or the Carriage House), and she didn’t give me something she thought I should have; she let me choose.