Tom Bassford

About Tom Bassford

Tom Bassford is founder and President of Significant Matters a faith-based non-profit committed to helping the church create sustainable solutions though the work of church missions. He is also the founder of SATtalks which aims to accelerate the learning curve for the church around sustainable approaches to church missions by highlighting the stories of people and organizations on the leading edge and connecting those who want to help move the church in this direction.

Taking Risks and The Role of Entrepreneurial Leaders | by Rick Rusaw

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Entrepreneur:  one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.  Merriam Webster Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  That statement is full of things [...]

Pastors, Between a Rock and a Hard Place | by Tom Bassford

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear Pastors, in many ways we are genuinely between a rock and a hard place.  According to poll after poll the church in America is losing ground in attendance, influence, credibility and virtually every other category that really matters [...]

Catalyst for Collaboration and the Common Good | by Tom Bassford

By | August 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  The Church as a catalyst for collaboration is one of the four essential practices of what we call a Missions 3.0 church.  Along with the practices of Reframing Expectations, Tackling Outcomes and Cultivating Innovation churches that want to [...]

Solving Complex Social Problems with Innovative Sustainable Models | by Dr. Justin Beene

By | August 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

With a background as both a recipient and provider of philanthropic efforts and human services support, I often have wondered how to truly develop the economic capacity and well-being with people on the margins of society. I wrestle with [...]

Catalyzing Transformational City Movements | by Dr. Randy White

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Catalyzing Transformational City Movements is the second chapter in Dr. Randy White and H Spees new book "Out of Nazareth: Christ-Centered Civic Transformation In Unlikely Places" available at They have made this entire chapter available to us as a whitepaper.  [...]

Why I Would Want to Work with the Church Even if I Were an Atheist | by Tom Bassford

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  I had the opportunity to address a gathering of people at the Kauffman Center a few years back who were all involved in Social Entrepreneurship programs at various Colleges and Universities across the country. We were involved in a [...]

How Are the Children? | by Nancy Mitchell

By | August 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Two years ago, one of our Kansas City superintendents addressed a community gathering by saying, “Kasserian Ingera?” He explained that this is the greeting of the Masai community in Kenya. He explained that when one Masai greets another they ask, [...]

What About Millennials and Missions

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

With so much being said today about millennials and the role they will play in the very near future of the church I was delighted to run across one of the most reasoned and well-written articles I've read in [...]

It’s Our Christian Duty to Support Work | by James Whitford

By | August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

After nearly two decades of service to our neighbors in need, I’ve learned an important lesson: People struggling in poverty need hope. And few things offer more hope than a job. As Christians, we must never lose sight of [...]

Sustainable Solutions: Our Undivided Attention

By | July 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

SATtalks is a conference of like-minded people focused distinctly on church missions and even more particularly on the issue of sustainable solutions through church missions.  There are many conferences, workshops and movements within the church to address Christianity and culture, [...]