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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.




Millennials and Missions – Not Your Traditional Approach | Part 1

Millennials and Missions - Not Your Traditional Approach | Part 1... Justin Carney grew up on a small farm in southern Missouri.  In his early 20’s a missionary came to his church and talked about unreached people groups, gave him a book and asked him to pray.   “Before I knew it, something weird happened, and God put Iraq on my heart” say’s Justin.   It wasn’t too much longer and he was signed up with a traditional mission agency on his way to Iraq with a group.  Their plan was a bit vague; a kind of short term strategy to build [...]

It is Good to be Children Sometimes | by Tom Bassford

Coffee, beer, brussel sprouts; those are things that I now love but for which I had to acquire a taste.  There are many things over the course of one’s life for which they acquire a taste and come to love. For me, Christmas is not one of them.  Except for one very troubling year of my life I have always looked forward to its coming and all but mourned its leaving.  To say that I have cultivated an appreciation for the season would be like saying I have cultivated a love for pecan pie.  Nothing could be more untrue.  Like [...]

Church Missions and Lasting Change: The Tip of the Iceberg | by Tom Bassford

Historically, church missions have been about mobilizing money and people toward relief and betterment efforts that provided urgent comfort, care and stability for those in crisis.  However, those efforts alone do little to solve core social problems in lasting, sustainable ways.  In fact, untethered relief and betterment, in most cases, have left people worse off in the long run.  It is an unintended consequence of the good and meaningful work of traditional Church missions and philanthropy as a whole. In 2005, Significant Matters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was formed to help churches and other faith-based organizations move beyond these [...]

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 [...]

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