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A man who nearly died on the tennis court and awoke with a remarkable sense of calling. A group of Christians who are changing the world by welcoming some of America’s neediest children. A generation changing how we view money and giving and everything else.

There are so many stories we love from the new, but here are some of our readers’ favorites.

10 questions to help families navigate the great wealth transfer

Right now, Americans are living through the greatest transfer of wealth in history, and many may be unprepared to successfully navigate it. The statistics paint a picture: An estimated $59 trillion will pass from an aging generation to younger generations by 2061, including $21 trillion destined for charities.

This massive transfer of wealth presents significant challenges for the parents or grandparents who now own this wealth, the heirs and charities who will be beneficiaries of it, and the professional advisors who will guide their clients through this transfer and, ideally, remain trusted advisors to the heirs.

Foster care is becoming a Christian priority – just in time

Before 2009, the number of children in Arizona’s foster care system hovered between 6,000 and 9,000, but from 2009 it started to climb. By 2016, there were almost 19,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system. The same thing happened nationally. The 397,000 children in foster care in 2012 increased to 437,000 in 2016, and foster family shortages were stretching existing foster homes thin. Then something remarkable happened.

Churches from Colorado to Florida,  Arizona to Washington D.C. began to band together to recruit and support foster and adoptive families, and Christian families around the nation began to join them.

Millennials are driving a change in how the super rich invest their money

Family offices are bracing for big changes driven by millennials. In 2017, nearly one in three family offices were engaged in sustainable and impact investing, with nearly half of them planning to increase those investments in the next year.

With nearly two-thirds of next-generation heirs expected to take over within the next 10-15 years, family offices are starting to tailor their investments to their preferences. Family offices are private offices that manage the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth investors. According to a survey of family offices, the next generation will raise their investments in impact and sustainable investing.

7 effective roles of a modern CEO

As a Christian business leader, you understand the importance of being a good steward of God’s resources, including your company. Yet amidst the pressure of daily meetings, reviewing reports, and interacting with staff, sometimes it’s hard to keep a pulse on the big picture.

Successful stewardship requires looking ahead, because we know from Scripture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) that one day, we will be called to give an account.

This article offers seven ways Christian CEOs can meet the challenge of successful stewardship.

Should Christians build wealth or avoid it?

The Bible has a lot to say about money. And pastors are often greeted with a sincere question: “I certainly understand that loving our neighbors well requires resources, but didn’t Jesus caution us about wealth?” What is the answer?

Throughout the history of the church, there have been two prominent and diverging views of wealth. One view insists that material wealth and wealth creation are intrinsically corrupting, and therefore must be avoided at all costs. The other view contends that material wealth and wealth creation are essentially good, and are part of our creation design and cultural mandate.

Where does the truth lie?

Gibbs Wilson: A heart redeemed for giving

Gibbs Wilson is a man whose heart beats for generosity, but there was a moment in his life when he didn’t have a heartbeat at all. On December 14, 2002, life abruptly came to a halt when he suffered a severe heart attack on the tennis court.

Gibbs’ wife, Lori, was 10 weeks pregnant with twins at the time, and doctors estimated Gibbs had a two percent chance of survival. But Gibbs made a total recovery, and awoke with a stronger sense of God’s calling on his life.

Then, in 2008, Gibbs and Lori found themselves facing another dire situation. But this time it was his business that was on life support.

ThanksforGiving! 7 causes you’ve impacted in 2018

King David asked God, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” ((1 Chronicles 29:14, NIV). That’s how we felt!

Thanksgiving was a time for remembering God’s goodness to us and through us. Full of gratitude to God for the givers and charities we have the privilege of serving, we shared numbers about giving and impact from the causes our givers care about most.

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