Material taken from a podcast by John Lee and Steven Schenk for UNITE WNY
Examples of Ministry/Business Collaboration
- A pastor and a retired businessman from two different congregations in the same city, have become friends and ministry partners. They strategize together, network, organize, and advocate for common projects. Together they have been involved in the creation of several Kingdom endeavors in the area.
- Pastors have volunteered their time at a local community health center providing spiritual care, and helping to establish a program that was ultimately brought in house. This is a collaboration of business leaders, ministry leaders, and medical professionals.
- Several churches have provided volunteers for a work readiness program operated by a local parachurch organization. This program provides soft skills training to underemployed individuals currently receiving government assistance. Program participants are finding work, connecting to a mentor, hearing about the love of God, connecting to churches and bible-studies, and changing the trajectory of their family.
- Several churches and organizations have collaborated in support of an urban farming initiative that employs neighborhood teens, provides affordable high quality food to neighborhood markets, and creates multiple opportunities for neighbors and employees to experience the love of God. A key question in the management of the farm is “how can we use the market as an engine to drive Kingdom endeavors?”
- A semi-retired businessman is a member of a church that is not big enough to hire a full staff. He has become the “consultant” to his church leadership team (who are almost all volunteers) on matters of strategic planning, ministry task management, and efficiency.