What is an Endowment and why does my church need one?

What is an Endowment and why does my church need one?
An endowment is a long-term investment fund that provides reliable income for both current and future needs. It can come from donations, repurposed assets, or sales. Endowments often support expanded missional work, cover regular costs, or address capital needs, and strong endowments can also provide some operational support.
For your church, nurturing and stewarding an endowment demonstrates trust and belief in God’s vision, ensuring resources for sustained projects and ministries.

Having an endowment matters because it:
• Extends ministry beyond annual budgets
• Reassures donors of responsible fund management
• Provides a way for donors to create a permanent, personal legacy
• Preserves the ministries of the church for future generations