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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.




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 [...]

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

VIDEO – Tom Bassford, Significant Matters | Prophetic Imagination

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 that doesn’t seem to matter to critical yeast they just plug away, usually in isolation, through countless iterations of trial and error on their way to what Walter Brueggeman called “futures that are genuinely new and not derived.” There is a critical yeast in the world of church missions.  It's a small and growing band of individuals and churches genuinely [...]

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

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 to gaining influence does not require a compromise of biblical principles, but rather a deeper understanding and application of these principles.  Our Biblical world-view is our greatest advantage in engaging the culture.  It’s time we become leaders in creating programs that solve problems.  Learning how to do this in the midst of our cultural challenges is the pathway to greater [...]

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