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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.




Bob Lupton, FCS | Wealth Creators: The New Missionaries

Bob Lupton is a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta where his life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.  He has authohred numerous books such as "Toxic Charity" and, most recently, "Charity Detox," challenging the church to face the unintended consequences of  its efforts to serve the poor out of poverty. In his SATtalk Bob describes two types of players in our economic system: wealth [...]

Aimee Minnich, Impact Foundation | Developing a Robust Theology of Business

Aimee Minnich serves as Chief Impact Officer and General Counsel of Impact Foundation. Prior to founding Impact Foundation, she served as President and General Counsel for the National Christian Foundation, Heartland, where she designed and implemented the foundation’s Missional Investing Program to allow the investment of donor-advised funds in social impact companies. In her SATtalk she explores the importance of a renewed theology of work in order to better understand the role of business in the Kingdom of God. This is essential if we are to realize the power of business to serve as winsome witnesses of the Gospel, creatively [...]

Phil Hissom, Polis Institute | Discovering Dignity

Phil spent his early career designing solutions to complex social problems around environmental issues.   He also hails from a ministry family that has been laboring with the poor for four generations in Charleston, West Virginia.  Using his back ground in research and design along with a healthy understanding of poverty he decided to turn his attention to addressing concentrated poverty, homelessness, and other affronts to human dignity. In his SATtalk, Phil shares personal reflections and professional insights from ten years of community building work in distressed Orlando Florida neighborhoods. His efforts have involved operating in multiple worlds of vastly different [...]

Quinn Schipper, Stillwater Cares & OIKOS | The Champion is not Goliath

Quinn is an ordained minister of 33 years with experience both overseas and in America in cross-denominational networking and multi-sector collaborations. He is the founder and president of OIKOS Network, a ministry to unite the Body of Christ. Since 2008, he has helped form and lead a multi-sector initiative in Stillwater, Oklahoma called Stillwater CARES which resulted in a collaborative of 30 churches and 28 organizations cooperating to find community-based solutions to break cycles of poverty.  Hear why the church can be a logical choice to lead such a multi-sector endeavor. More About SATtalks

Mike Simon, Simon Solutions | Catalysts for Transforming Lives and Communities

Over the last 40 years, Mike has served in executive leadership roles for churches, charitable organizations and for-profit businesses. He has also served as a consultant for city transformation movements and has invested years of research into emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ways for transforming the helping and referral systems in communities. In this SATtalk Mike describes the real opportunity that exists for churches willing to be a catalyst for collaboration in their community.  The Church’s compassion, combined with innovative technology, education, and best practices can break the stronghold of poverty in America and restore hope to people's lives. [...]

Grace Dyrness, Urban Initiatives | Engaging Communities to Chart their own Future

Grace is Senior Researcher for The Institute for Transnational Research and Development in Pasadena, California.  She works extensively with grass roots non-governmental and faith-based organizations around the world where she uses advocacy planning and participatory approaches to engage people in communities in order to envision their own future and chart a path towards it. How do we as a Church know that we are creating a sustainable future for people we serve living in impoverished communities?  Participatory Action Research is one important way to evaluate our impact by engaging community members to gather and analyze data that can open up [...]

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