Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has developed parish resources for Planned Giving to assist the faithful in their estate planning and end-of-life concerns while encouraging them to remember the Church in their plans. These resources outline both the temporal and eternal importance of including the Church in one’s financial and estate planning.

The success of your parish program will be directly related to your efforts.  We encourage you to establish a parish Planned Giving Committee and an Eternal Light Society to recognize donors. Personal contact made with individual parishioners to share this information and to encourage planned giving will yield the best results. A mail-only campaign will have only limited results, while personal contact and small group presentations have proven to be highly effective.

The planned giving folder outlines the methods of planned giving, from simple to complex. It is accompanied by a plan for implementing a planned giving program in your parish. Other documents include a sample codicil, gift form, and sample language for wills and trusts. An Orthodox Christian living will is available that can be filled in and reviewed by your family, doctor and legal adviser. A brochure has also been prepared for your literature table and for targeted mailing.

To learn more, and to review & download planned giving documents please click HERE to go to our Planned Giving Web Page.

Planned giving resources may also be viewed on the orthodox marketplace. Click HERE to view the Planned Giving Resources availabled through at