ReThink Poverty

Prove It! | by Tom Bassford

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Missional Communities, Partner, Philanthropy, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability|

The church in North America is losing ground in attendance, influence, credibility and virtually every other category that really matters.  It’s becoming increasingly apparent that, if the Church really wants to be the hope of the world, then it [...]

$50,000 Gift to Launch the 3.0 Fund!

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Philanthropy, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Work|

Investing charitable dollars in for-profit businesses to help the poor. Significant Matters is excited to announce the formation of the 3.0 Fund.  Many churches and especially the business-minded people of those churches are coming to see the rationale and possibilities of [...]

A Thing To Be Done | by Tom Bassford

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Join the Conversation, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Work|

"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 [...]

VIDEO – James Whitford, Watered Gardens | Reframing Charity

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Work|

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 [...]

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

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Philanthropy, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

VIDEO – Tom Bassford, Significant Matters | Prophetic Imagination

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, SATtalk Video 2018, Sustainability|

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 [...]

VIDEO – Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX | Re-Imagining Local Missions and the Role of Entrepreneurship

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, SATtalk Video 2018, Uncategorized|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Some of the best natural entrepreneurs in the United States are in underserved urban communities. They are called hustlers – visionary risk-takers who seize the opportunity to move product and turn a profit. They have the God-given [...]

VIDEO – Dr. Justin Beene, Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation | Prophetic Entrepreneurship

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   In the next 30 years the population will likely increase by 2.5 billion people with most of that being absorbed by urban areas.  This massive growth of our cities will continue to magnify the challenges of poverty, [...]

Getting Better at Doing Good

By | May 28th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Missional Communities, Partner, PovertyCure Info, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Work|

Getting Better at Doing Good | There’s a lot being written and said these days about the effectiveness of charitable work.  The wonderful and provocative 90-minute documentary by PovertyCure called, “Poverty, Inc.” makes a compelling case that fighting poverty has [...]

It is Good to be Children Sometimes | by Tom Bassford

By | December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, flourishing, Join the Conversation, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Work|

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. [...]