In God's HandsThanks to Mary Stanley for sharing this thought:

"A man there was, though some did count him mad, the more he cast away, the more he had." John Runyan from The Pilgram's Progress

Diocesan Staff Contact: John Oaks

The Society of the Magi

 Society of the MagiTHE SOCIETY OF THE MAGI

The Society of The Magi was created by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis as an umbrella legacy society to promote and support the faithful stewardship of God's gifts and resources.   All who have named their church (or other Episcopal institution) as a beneficiary in their estate plans  belong to the legacy society of the beneficiary church or institution first and The Society of The Magi second.   All who have made such provisions are invited to join the Society by notifying us of the gift, regardless of the size.

Help us identify those who have already made such provisions in their estates. May we come and talk with your congregation about planned gifts?

John Oaks is your contact.  Phone: 317-926-5454, ext 7; 800-669-5786, ext. 7; Fax 317-926-5456 or oaks(at)

The fruits of a planned gift go to the beneficiary church or institution.  No funds go to the diocese unless the diocese is a named beneficiary.

For the current membership list, please click here.

Annual Giving

"The time has come!"  

The time has come to be working on your annual financial campaign. 

In case your financial stewardship team has not come up with a plan for a 2014 annual campaign, here’s a suggestion:

A complete six week campaign designed to begin October 5th and end November 9th has been compiled by TENS and is available to your church free through our diocesan TENS membership.  Here is the link (password required):

Even though it is a complete package it takes some planning to implement it.   Considering that it may be difficult to hold planning meetings in the summertime, it seems that right now might be the time to get the ball rolling.

 Failing to plan is a plan to fail…let’s talk! 

Contact John Oaks for the password: oaks(at)

 Phone: 317-926-5454, ext 7; 800-669-5786, ext. 7

2014 Report

Stewardship 2014

Our vision:  That all of God’s people will have grateful and generous hearts. 

Our mission:  Through modeling, teaching, and providing practical assistance, to encourage the people of our diocese to have grateful and generous hearts.

In pursuit of our vision and mission we…

  • …in coordination with The Episcopal Church Foundation, continued the planned giving initiative, “Planned Giving in a Box” as it changed into “Planned Giving on Demand”.
  • …provided the TENS “Walking the Way” conference to the diocese by webcast.
  • …made provisions for financial stewardship materials for each congregation.
  • …worked with individual congregations on annual financial stewardship campaigns.
  • …kept stewardship information on the web page up to date with information including The Society of The Magi, services available, and links to stewardship issues.
  • …provided stewardship assistance to Diocese of Indianapolis congregations.
  • …provided workshops on Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns and Annual Campaigns.
  • …offered webinars on Planned Giving
  • …participated in the Planned Giving Group of Indiana programs

The Society of the Magi, the diocesan planned giving program, is open to all who have named an Episcopal congregation, ministry or program in their estate plans. The size of the gift is not an issue. Those who have made such provisions are invited to join the Society by notifying John Vernon Oaks of the gift at: 800-669-5786 or 317-926-5454 ext. 7, or oaks(at)

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