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.

VIDEO – Tom Bassford, Significant Matters | Prophetic Imagination

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, SATtalk Video 2018, Sustainability|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Most paradigm shifts come from critical yeast not critical mass.  They come from those with an idea that is usually described as too idealistic or just too complicated and then simply dismissed by the critical mass.  But [...]

VIDEO – Michael Saccocio, City Mission Schenectady | Gaining Influence in a Post-Christian Culture

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, SATtalk Video 2018, Work|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Even as our culture drifts farther away from a Biblical world-view, there are now great opportunities for the church to gain influence and make an even greater impact in our communities.  It is exciting that the path [...]

VIDEO – Cheryl Cuthbertson, Children of the Nations | Realigning the Role of the Church, Non-profits and the Poor

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Partner, ReThink Missions, SATtalk Video 2018, Sustainability|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Over the last several decades, non-profits have played an increasing role advocating and providing services for the global poor and disenfranchised. The initial role of the Christian non-profit was to bring the church safely into a sustainable [...]

VIDEO – Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX | Re-Imagining Local Missions and the Role of Entrepreneurship

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, SATtalk Video 2018, Uncategorized|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Some of the best natural entrepreneurs in the United States are in underserved urban communities. They are called hustlers – visionary risk-takers who seize the opportunity to move product and turn a profit. They have the God-given [...]

VIDEO – Dr. Justin Beene, Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation | Prophetic Entrepreneurship

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   In the next 30 years the population will likely increase by 2.5 billion people with most of that being absorbed by urban areas.  This massive growth of our cities will continue to magnify the challenges of poverty, [...]

Video – Nancy Mitchell, Caring For Kids | Stepping Into the Gap

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Caring for Kids sought to bridge the gap between schools and churches to create lasting, meaningful partnerships built upon the simple but powerful question, “How may we help you?”  By becoming a catalyst for collaboration and serving [...]

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 [...]