Legacy of a Lifetime

A Planned Giving Implementation Resource

Robert Sessum and L. Pendleton Armistead

Apr/2021, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640653801

A manual for securing a significant number of planned gifts for a church of any denomination or size.

In order for churches and related religious institutions to advance their strategic growth initiatives, a variety of funding vehicles are required, and a planned gifts program can play an important part. A planned gifts program offers a systematic and sustainable implementation model that is formalized, progressive, and—most importantly—volunteer-based and -driven.

Implementation of a planned gifts program should be centered upon the resolution of significant church needs and the advancement of God’s work. The authors, both successful fundraisers, keep this motivation at the center of their implementation model.

ROBERT SESSUM is a retired Episcopal priest with fifty years of ordained ministry. He served small and large congregations in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Bob was instrumental in instituting a variety of stewardship campaigns throughout his career, including a highly successful planned gifts program.


L. PENDLETON ARMISTEAD has thirty-five years of resource development experience for not-for-profit organizations. During his career as a consultant, he has raised over $750 million. A “Cradle Episcopalian,” Pendleton has been actively involved in many volunteer capacities including managing planned, annual, and major gifts campaigns and conducting strategic planning initiatives.


  • Finance
  • fundraising
  • development
  • church business
  • planned giving

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