Sometimes Christians refer to their possessions as “blessings.” I’m not talking about the basics of food, clothing, and shelter enough to live a meaningful life in a particular context. I’m referring more here to excess—the things we don’t need like a pool.
Last Thursday I began a series of theological reflections for our Thursday blogs. The Pro Deo Foundation’s mission is to create pathways for children and youth to flourish. Our strategy for accomplishing this mission is three-fold:
For the next few Thursdays, I’ll be writing some theological reflections on our three-part strategy as an organization. Most family foundations focus either on granting funds to other organizations who are doing the groundwork or doing the work as a nonprofit with the need to raise outside funds for their programs.
Social entrepreneurs in today’s world need to be research-savvy. We live an information age where an endless amount of material from around the world is at our fingertips at all times. It requires a kind of skill to sift through useless material to curate the best resources for innovative work.
I also stopped working for churches when I got the opportunity to do the kind of work that I was passionate about but wasn’t conducive to the church system. In my new role, I am excited about being able to think outside the church ministry box and to put some entrepreneurial muscle to work to try and solve some of the problems of our world with some new and innovative programs and initiatives.
Today we are ready for part 4 of six-week series on Social Entrepreneurship and the Mission of God. This week, we want to take a look at how Christians are engaged in social entrepreneurship. It will be helpful to understand a few concepts that help frame and clarify social entrepreneurialism.
A couple of weeks ago we began a six-week blog series called “Social Entrepreneurship and the Mission of God.” In the broadest sense, social entrepreneurs are innovators who seek new ways of offering solutions to societal challenges.
If we are going to address this question, we need to recognize that social entrepreneurship as a practice in the world is not new to the Church, even though it has a modern title. Finding new ways to solve social problems as a way to promote social justice is as old as the Church herself.
Today we begin a six-week Thursday morning blog series called “Social Entrepreneurship and the Mission of God.” That’s a mouthful. Let’s begin with the simple question,