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It’s estimated that Christians manage over 150 trillion dollars, more than half the world’s wealth. That’s 200 to 300 times greater than what is given philanthropically each year. Capital has influence, yet many of us are content to let others determine our investment strategy. Even worse, we unwittingly fund companies that advance causes we hate like gambling and pornography. We’re missing an enormous opportunity.
The Bible calls us to be on mission with ALL of our lives. For many believers, faith guides where they give, how they parent, and how they lead others in the marketplace. But when it comes to investing our finances, we tend to follow the same patterns as the world.
We aren’t owners, we are stewards of the resources that God has given us. This knowledge should radically change the how, where, and why behind our investment strategies. Imagine the impact that would occur when all Christ-following investors—from the rich young ruler to the widow and her mite—use investment capital to deliver community impact, spiritual integration, and financial return. We can take what God has given and put it back into the work He is doing on earth by promoting products and services that further human flourishing. It’s already happening.
We plan to bring a collection of fast paced TED-style talks, interactive discussion groups on emerging topics, and a sort of ESPN Sportscenter style highlight of things happening in the movement. Our prayer is we walk away realizing that we're not alone, that a movement is growing. And now more than ever, Faith Driven Investors and Entrepreneurs are needed as all countries look to rebuild.
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Andy Crouch is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. His best known book, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, was named one of the best books of 2008 by Christianity Today, Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. In 2012 Crouch became executive editor of Christianity Today. He is actively involved in many other organizations including serving on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia.