Business and ministry have existed in separate silos for too long. In recent years, business enterprise has become a growing global strategy to create jobs for those in poverty and to generate funding that can bring about positive change in communities. The opportunities businesses can generate are immense.
Imagine the possibilities of enterprise initiatives combined with an integrated community transformation strategy...
When allied with effective disciple-making practices and asset-based approaches to community transformation, businesses have unique power to bring people together and ignite rapid change.
With Jesus, enterprise development is a powerful catalyst for seeing lives and communities transformed by the power of God. We call our approach integrated community transformation (ICT).
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.
EVALUATE and ENGAGE
We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.
As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.
There are many ways to leverage your business skills and resources in the transformative work Jesus is doing through ITEAMS globally. Opportunities exist for students, recent grads, experienced marketplace leaders, entrepreneurs and seasoned business professionals.
Want to explore opportunities to use your business for transformation?