Tag: poverty

Book Review and Interview: From Relief to Empowerment – How Your Church Can Cultivate Sustainable Mission

I am pleased to introduce you to a book that invites the church to a journey toward a more holistic method of mission and poverty alleviation. Laceye and Gaston Warner have written From Relief to Empowerment: How Your Church Can Cultivate Sustainable Mission. The Warners support the idea that mission flourishes when relationships are characterized by mutuality—a difficult, but important, balance to…

Economics and Work on the Margins: Remembering the Poor and Powerless: A Video from the 2014 Boston Faith at Work Summit

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work movement from every industry sector to learn from each other and work together to extend Christ’s transforming presence in workplaces around the world. The 2018 Faith at Work Summit, held in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on October 11th-13th, is now open for registration! The early bird pricing for registration is now available at $179 per ticket, so be sure to purchase soon. 

The economic machine that is America continues to move forward but too often leaves many behind. While the Dow roars towards unprecedented heights, the poor and powerless reach new lows. But there is a solution that is both obvious and obscure: business. Business has changed lives of the less fortunate in the here and now when leaders and shareholders look beyond their own pocket. The principles and the experiences of the Greyston Bakery social enterprise in Yonkers exemplify this power of business to change the lives of individuals, families and the neighborhood itself. Deuteronomy 10:18 tells us that God “administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” The people of God are called to do the same.

Julius Walls (BS, Concordia) is the pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Yonkers NY and the President of Greater Centennial Community Development Corp, the non-profit arm of a 5000+ member church. Rev. Walls has worked in business, academia, and the church, serving, in addition to the previously mentioned positions, as Chief of Staff of Greater Centennial Church, CEO of Greyston Bakery, a $7 million social enterprise, as VP for a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company, as an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools at NYU and BGI and serves on several local and national non-profit and government boards. He is the co-author, with Kevin Lynch, of Mission, Inc. The Practitioner’s Guide to Social Enterprise.

Reflect/Respond

Can an unethical for-profit business yield a God-desired result?

Can a “Double Bottom Line” (financial and social) enterprise really work? Is it sustainable?

Resources

William Eggers, The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)

Marc J. Lane, Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs (ABA, 2012)

Social Enterprise Alliance https://socialenterprise.us/

Julius Walls, Jr., and Kevin Lynch, Mission Inc.: A Practitioner’s Guide to Social Enterprise (Berrett-Koehler, 2009)

One Church’s Tool for Breaking Cycles of Poverty Through Relationships

Reprinted from Made to Flourish. Check out their resource library here. What does it take to revive a dying city? That’s the question Fairhaven Church faced in 2008, when Forbes magazine named Dayton, Ohio, as one of the fastest dying cities in America. After the article was published, we interviewed the mayors of Dayton and neighboring cities, and we discovered the greatest…

Curriculum Review: Everyday Works

Everyday Works is a four-part curriculum that seeks to help Christians rethink the meaning and purpose of their everyday work in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of a two-year project by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Through their Talking Points series, the seminary brought leading teachers and authors together to explore how “secular” work really is a means of…

Thinking and Rethinking Work: Spotlight on Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

By Darrell Yoder; reprinted from the Oikonomia Network newsletter At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we are nearing completion of two multi-year projects related to the work of the Oikonomia Network. These two projects have focused on helping students and local pastors develop a biblical theology of work and to pursue faithful approaches to economics and poverty. Local Pastors and Churches…

Catching Up With Ken Barnes

A few weeks ago we reprinted a post from the Oikonomia Network by Ken Barnes about the beginning of his tenure at the Mockler Center at Gordon-Conwell. We caught up with him recently for more details.  TGR: How are things going since you wrote that article for ON?  KB: Things continue to move along. I’m very happy with the growth of the Ockenga Fellows program and the center itself. Our primary goal…