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Churches in Colorado and California Getting Down to Business

Churches in Highlighlands Ranch, Colorado and Folsom, California share their resources and business expertise to advance the Gospel, train leaders and elevate the poor in Mozambique. 

As four American businessmen gathered for prayer in Mozambique earlier this year, it happened—a “victory moment,” as Gene Kissinger calls it.

Kissinger, outreach pastor at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., had accompanied the group halfway around the world not to build houses, teach Bible school or provide health care. Instead, the men had taken five days from their busy schedules to go to Africa and do what they do best—look at accounting, assess spending and evaluate income for a  missionary-run business.

The “moment” happened as Kissinger was leading the group in a spiritual debriefing at the end of the trip.

“One of the guys, almost with tears said, ‘I never thought God could use my business skills for His purposes,’” Kissinger says, his voice cracking at the
memory. “And we all said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for opening our eyes to that.’”

It’s this realization that motivates Bruce Swanson, director of Transformational Ventures, a WorldVenture initiative that seeks to connect businesspeople with
missions needs around the world.
“The church and missions have really squandered an incredible amount of resources in the businesspeople at churches,” Swanson says. “There are successful businesspeople that traditional missionary work just doesn’t touch. 

So business as mission is a way to impact people economically, lift people out
of poverty, while showing God’s love to them in the way they’re treated.
And also, business as mission is a way to connect with and impact higherlevel
types of businesspeople.”

Swanson works with churches and individuals—an online survey at TransformationalVentures.com matches skills with needs—to better understand how business knowledge and ability can bring Christ to a community as effectively as more traditional methods.

“We look at it as really following Jesus’ pattern,” he says. “He didn’t only preach, He healed and dealt with people’s needs. We’re following in that trajectory of holistic ministry and paying attention to the economic
well-being of a person.”


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posted by Justin Forman | 8.18.2010 - 7:20 AM


These kinds of efforts help restore human dignity. After all, there is something innately inside us that wants to produce, that wants to provide. It's the "Work gene" that God instills. These churches have it right!
commented by OpenID redletterbelievers, 8:10 AM  

Just think how these men can impact their church with a vision for the lost that they would have missed out on, if not for using their God given skills in business.
commented by Anonymous Jordan Foote, 11:12 PM  

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