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.

The Courage to Disrupt | Larry Sharp

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Rick had just retired as the VP for Europe at Conoco.  He spent his career in the halls of power but never, in all those years, was he asked to use those skills as a means to further the gospel until… Larry Sharp of IBEC Ventures invited him on a trip to Kazakhstan. “We coached about a dozen business owners committed to using their business for God’s purposes and Rick was able to help in every situation.  But what I remember most was a conversation on the way home when Rick said, “All my life I [...]

Churches Investing In Enterprise Solutions | Wayne McDaniel

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Sitting in churches all across the US are men and women whom God has gifted with exceptional “business sense.” They know how to do business, how to create jobs and the power of work to lift people out of poverty.   In fact, over one billion people have been lifted out of poverty since 1990 and two-thirds of that was due to business and job creation rather than government and charitable aid? Engaging the business-minded and leveraging the power of business is one of the greatest opportunities for the church in the 21st Century.  With that in [...]

VIDEO – Africa’s Missing Middle | Andy Agaba

WATCH THE VIDEO...   In Andy Agaba’s home country of Uganda, the major crisis they face is unemployment.  Eight out of ten who graduate from college will not find a job.  Is the answer more charity or even more micro-loans?  Not according to him.  What Africa needs are more small to medium enterprises (SME’s). On one side you have millions of people with access to capital from micro-finance.  On the other you have a few large companies with access to capital from banks.  But in the middle you have SME’s; too large for microfinance and too small for banks.  That [...]

VIDEO – Beyond The Secular/Sacred Divide | Jeff Coffey

WATCH THE VIDEO...   “You either serve God or you serve money,” Jeff was told over and over again in his early days in ministry. Earning money while doing missions was deceitful. Irresponsible. Impossible. For years, Jeff tried to adhere to the idea that missions should be free from the bonds of business. But his creativity and entrepreneurial mind kept insisting otherwise. Eventually God would take his passion for fly fishing and that entrepreneurial mind to create a fly tying business called Fair Flies. It provides a real and lasting solution for women who have been exploited through human trafficking [...]

VIDEO – From the Church to the Marketplace | Emeline Nde & Renita Reed-Thomson

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Emeline Nde was 12 when she received a scholarship from a church out of Switzerland. “It enabled me to get one of the best educations I could in Cameroon. It was a paradigm shift from seeing myself as a victim acted upon to an architect of my own life who with the help of God could rewrite my story.” Later on a small $20-dollar loan gave her the means to start a business. When that business succeeded it allowed her to be generous and, more importantly, showed her that business is ministry when done as an [...]

VIDEO – Radical Relationships | Marlo Fox

WATCH THE VIDEO...   “What if radical relationships across socio-economic lines isn't solely about doing for others because it's the right thing to do or because it's our biblical mandate?  What if it's not just about the privileged doing for the least?  What if God designed us to experience the side of His grace only found in a dynamic relationship with those society has marginalized?  What if God, in His mercy, loves us so much to reveal our own brokenness through the very ones we thought were broken?  The tapestry of a neighborhood that tells a story of pain is [...]

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