There is an ever-growing people group in the Western world that is not being reached by the Church, nor have they heard the authentic, simple good news of Jesus Christ. Taylor King is inspired to love the lost and help the marginalized and oppressed by working and walking alongside them through a start up a popsicle business called "What's Poppin?"
Several years ago, Greg Spillyards developed a vision for ways we, as a faith community, are called to be intentionally engaged throughout all sectors of the city in order to love our neighbors as Jesus calls us. Influenced by Jeremiah's writings in Nehemiah, he hoped and prayed for a unified faith community to rebuild a city spiritually, socially and economically.
The Rust Belt region (comprised of a portion of the north-central and northeastern regions of the country) is so named for its significant economic depression, de-industrialization and population decline. In the midst of all this, it’s encouraging to see examples of how the Church is leading where others dare not go.
Conferences for Christian entrepreneurs are full of energy. That was the first thing I learned at the recent Asbury Project conference in Wilmore, Ky. The conference, a collaborative effort between Asbury Seminary and Asbury University to explore how social entrepreneurship can advance the Kingdom, left me inspired to develop a social project of my own.
At the Asbury Project Conference, over 30 college and seminary students submitted plans for businesses that they hoped would be profitable and socially enriching additions to the common good. I was buoyed up by the energy, compassion and business acumen of the students. There is a great deal of hope for the future.
When I think about the Kingdom of God and community gardening, I think about the opportunity that our community has to experience “Shalom” or right relationship with God, right relationship with each other, and right relationship with God’s creation. Here are some ways this “Shalom” is being lived out in our community through the community garden.
A friend of mine, a successful business owner, always talks about how "in business and in life it’s about 'shots on goal.'” I love his analogy. Whether on the basketball court, in the business world, or the game of life, we must keep shooting. Regret over not taking shots drives people mad.
Organizations that embrace the principles of sustainability, intentionality, and relationship are doing work that changes individual lives and entire communities. They don’t fly in and then disappear, leaving behind UFOs. The model of long-term, community led nonprofit work is the kind Christians can be confident about investing in.
Religious entrepreneurs are those who start new faith infused organizations. These are often church plants, but they can also be ministries and businesses that are committed to Kingdom values. The creative work done by entrepreneurs requires three types of resources: physical, symbolic, and ideational.
We've heard the phrase, "the Devil is in the details." What if God is the one in the details?