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A BLOG About Church Missions, Lasting Change and the World We Live In

Tom Bassford, Founder/President of Significant Matters & SATtalks

Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place?  It’s no longer enough to simply do random acts of kindness or hand out an endless stream of charity. Instead thoughtful people are asking questions about lasting change and sustainable solutions in our efforts to make the world a better place.  How does the church through its mission efforts create more sustainable and dignified ways of helping those we seek to help and grapple with what it means to live in a world that is always becoming?  That’s what this BLOG and SATtalks is all about.  I hope you’ll join the conversation and introduce us to others in your network.




A Thing To Be Done | by Tom Bassford

"But remember: if prayer be anything at all, it is a thing to be done."  George MacDonald Sooner or later even the most reluctant among us finds a use for prayer.  Scrooge found his knees at the end of a fitful “night of the soul.” Spirit! hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?  …Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me by an altered life?" Most of us [...]

VIDEO – James Whitford, Watered Gardens | Reframing Charity

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Many poverty fighting leaders passionate for social justice have begun to shy away from the word "charity." Unfortunately, for many, the definition of this biblical virtue has been reduced to a superficial approach more often harmful than helpful. Reframing charity juxtaposed to compassion and justice is vital for both renewed discussion within the Church and a renewed commitment to shift from poverty relief to resolution. James Whitford, Founder & Executive Director, Watered Gardens, Joplin, MO. James Whitford and his wife, Marsha co-founded Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in 2000, now a 50 bed mission working with [...]

It’s Because This Church Has Been Helping Us | by Rick Rusaw

Over the years I have always tried to look at the broader trends going on in the world and try to translate them into the church world.  Recently I was invited to sit in on a roundtable discussion with a group of CEOs from a number of large companies who you would recognize.  It was a discussion about the future of business. In broad strokes they traced the evolution of business over the past century and began to paint a picture of what the next iteration is already shaping up to be. They said for a long time, business [...]

VIDEO – Pastor Rick Rusaw, LifeBridge Church | From Doing Good Things to Solving Real Problems

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Change in the church began when we asked the question, “If our church disappeared, would anyone care?” That question set the direction for a 25-year journey that led us from just doing good things to solving real problems.  What’s the difference and why is it a must if churches want to move beyond helping that hurts.  And how can pastors create the space for the business-minded who can help make it happen? Rick Rusaw, Senior Pastor | LifeBridge Church, Longmont, CO Rick Rusaw has served as the Lead Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado [...]

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Cultivating a Faith-Rooted Social Enterprise Ecosystem for the Well-Being of Your City | by Dr. Randy White

A number of years ago the Mayor of Fresno gathered a group of faith leaders and asked them a very provocative question; "What do you think is the role of faith institutions in seeking the economic well-being of a city?"  Ask pastors and faith leaders what the spiritual needs of the city are or ask about the social needs of the city and they can talk until they've sucked all the oxygen out of the room. But ask about what faith institutions can contribute to the economic well-being of a city and you get nothing but blank stares. After [...]

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VIDEO – Dr. Randy White, Center for Community Transformation | Cultivating a Faith-Rooted, Social Enterprise Ecosystem

WATCH THE VIDEO... What have faith leaders in the city with one of the highest rates of concentrated poverty in the nation done to create a faith-rooted ecosystem of innovation and economic opportunity that is bringing transformation? What is necessary for a city's faith institutions to go beyond individual efforts and solitary programs, utilizing the talent in its midst to solve its most intractable social problems?  Explore the transformational power, possibility, and the challenges and limitations of a nascent social enterprise approach. Dr. Randy White, Founder and Executive Director | Center for Community Transformation, Fresno Pacific University Randy has been an urban activist and practitioner for more than 25 years.  He was the founder of Fresno [...]

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