WHY the SAT Catalyst Fund
The Problem. The North American Church is losing ground in attendance, influence, credibility and virtually every other category that really matters. In this day and age, many see the church as the hope of the world only as it “proves” itself in practical ways that touch the everyday needs of everyday people. But that’s not a cry for more random acts of kindness or the missionary model of the past 200 years.
In fact, more and more people, from Millennials to Boomers, are looking for churches that are willing to embrace the complexity of what it really means to help someone, even whole communities, in need. They are looking for churches that have moved from simply doing good things to solving real problems in lasting ways. There is an authenticity in that kind of helping that would suggest the church really is a different kind of community in the world.
Foster Human Flourishing. We believe that God’s redemptive work in this world extends to the whole person and requires us to do more than simply identify with the poor or ease their immediate suffering. Significant Matters works with churches that want to step into that kind of complexity and bring the resources of their church (and parishioners) to foster human flourishing. We provide churches with training and tools to help them reframe their missions work around sustainable solutions and connect with the business-minded people in their congregation who can help that happen.
Engage Businesspersons. There are, sitting in churches all across North America, men, and women whom God has gifted with exceptional “business sense.” They know how to do business, how to create jobs and the power of work to lift people out of poverty. But the church’s definition of mission work has never risen high enough to include these people and their gifts.
Stop for a minute to consider this fact; One billion people were lifted out of poverty in the 20 years between 1990 and 2010, two-thirds of that lift was due to business and job creation rather than government and charitable aid. It’s time for the church to see business creation as a legitimate and necessary means of “missions” in the 21st Century.
Create Sustainable Change. In addition to the dollars a church spends on things like emergency relief efforts and ongoing educational programs, there needs to be money designated for small to medium business start-ups that can actually grow the economy of the community and provide long-term sustainable change for the people they are trying to help. It is for churches like these that we have created the SAT Catalyst Fund.
Lead the Charge. Our hope is to spark 1,000 churches to step into this space and begin to discover what “business as mission” could look like for the average congregation. The story is still unwritten. But in the same way the church wrote the story of Rescue Missions, hospitals, schools and most all of the early forms of social services it can write the story of business as mission.
Our SAT Catalyst Fund is simply an incentive to encourage churches to take the risk and lead the charge. We can write the story of how God uses business as a lampstand for the gospel even as it lifts people out of poverty.
Resources. For more information, resources and stories about “Business As Mission” take a look at these resources:
(List of Resources…to come)