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Engage Magazine - Fall 2014

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Studies by various trust companies and the American Bar Association indicate that only 20 percent of Americans have wills. Many think wills and other estate planning tools are for the old, the rich, or the sick. But the real purpose of a will is to achieve peace of mind and the opportunity to influence your legacy. Consider the following: • If you are at least 18 years old, you have the right to make a will. • Wills can be as simple or complex as your life situation dictates. • Many estate-planning attorneys will provide an initial consultation without charge. • Banks, churches, nonprofits, and charities will likely know attorneys who specialize in estate planning. A will allows you to determine the disposition of your property and to make informed decisions about your family's continued well-being. For a will to be valid, it must meet specific requirements. That's why you should consult an attorney if you plan to prepare one. Since wills should be reviewed and updated every five years or so, you won't need to have in mind all of your possible life scenarios before you begin. As you marry, have children, buy a home, accumulate assets, or experience other life changes, you should revisit the provisions of your document for needed changes. Your will provides for your family, but it may also document your wishes for gifts to favorite charities for which you want to leave a legacy— perhaps even Denver Seminary. We would be pleased to talk with you about wills or other planned giving alternatives. Ron Gascho Vice President of Advancement 303.762.6941 Where There's a Will There's a Way: Don't Put off Your Will CHURCH ENGAGE 11 Everyday Work with Lasting Significance John felt frazzled. He had proposed a tried-and-true, albeit predictable, presentation for his Denver Seminary DMin project connecting real-life faith with Monday-to-Friday work. His thesis advisors wanted something more. They told him, "It needs a more creative delivery vehicle, something that might actually evoke lasting change." This did not sit well with John. He had already researched the topic extensively, investigating a robust missional theology and "business-as-mission" practices for local churches and global endeavors. Now he was just eager to finish up and graduate. Yet the importance of the topic weighed on him, so he accepted the challenge. His extensive re-work resulted in a 12-chapter theo-fable, entitled Henry's Glory: A Story for Discovering Lasting Significance in Your Daily Work. Henry's Glory seeks to answer the following question: How does one's everyday job connect to God's larger story and purposes in the world? The book is rich in story, and action-oriented reflection questions follow each chapter. It aims to bless grease-covered car guys, fast-running real estate gals, plumbers, pastors, farmers, teachers, stay-at-home moms, CEOs, and anyone working hard each day. Since its release, Henry's Glory has been discussed by a growing number of groups, reviewed by author- scholars, featured on a leadership podcast, and spotlighted on various blog posts. Pastors, small group leaders, and teachers are finding the book to be a helpful resource for producing workplace missionaries who accomplish God-glorifying work, no matter the task. If you or your church is interested in this resource, Henry's Glory is available through many favorite booksellers or directly from the publisher at John Pletcher, DMin PASTOR AND PROFESSOR John serves as lead pastor at Manor Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and teaches as adjunct faculty at Eastern University and Evangelical Seminary. He is married to Nancy and has three sons: Jarod, Joel, and Josiah.

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