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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 [...]

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 – Pastor Rick Rusaw, LifeBridge Church | From Doing Good Things to Solving Real Problems

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Cultivating a Faith-Rooted Social Enterprise Ecosystem for the Well-Being of Your City | by Dr. Randy White

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

VIDEO – Dr. Randy White, Center for Community Transformation | Cultivating a Faith-Rooted, Social Enterprise Ecosystem

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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 – Nancy Mitchell | Caring For Kids

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

WATCH THE VIDEO...   Caring for Kids sought to bridge the gap between schools and churches to create lasting, meaningful partnerships built upon the simple but powerful question, “How may we help you?”  By becoming a catalyst for collaboration and serving [...]

Taking Risks and The Role of Entrepreneurial Leaders | by Rick Rusaw

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Entrepreneur:  one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.  Merriam Webster Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  That statement is full of things [...]

Pastors, Between a Rock and a Hard Place | by Tom Bassford

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear Pastors, in many ways we are genuinely between a rock and a hard place.  According to poll after poll the church in America is losing ground in attendance, influence, credibility and virtually every other category that really matters [...]

Catalyst for Collaboration and the Common Good | by Tom Bassford

By | August 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  The Church as a catalyst for collaboration is one of the four essential practices of what we call a Missions 3.0 church.  Along with the practices of Reframing Expectations, Tackling Outcomes and Cultivating Innovation churches that want to [...]