Why aren't you signed up for SAT Talks?
How do we achieve sustainable community and economic development? With a little study, it is easy to appreciate the need for sustainable community and economic development. It is also easy to identify countless models that are ineffective, at best, and harmful, at worst. But identifying models that actually work ... that is another story, especially discerning the role of faith-based organizations.
I've been writing and talking about these issues for years. As I have found stories with promise, I have shared them here at the Kruse Kronicle and on Facebook. My hope has been to inspire people with a new way of thinking, to see examples of things that work, and to give hope about utlimately addressing poverty. It is time to take things to another level.
I want to invite you to event in Olathe, Kansas, (suburban Kansas City) on October 29 and 30, called Sat Talks. The event is structured like the TEDS Talks with six experienced practioners giving short thought-provoking presenations followed by a time of lively question and debate. It is all centered on one big idea:
How can churches and other faith-based organizations pursue their missional goals in ways that lead to self-sustaining solutions where needs are being met without relying on charitable resources and where the person or community has the ability to provide the ongoing means and opportunities to achieve their full potential?
Sponsors include United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Soleran, McDaniel-Knutson Financial Partners, and Inhance Leadership. This inagural event will feature:
- John Quinn of Sinapi Foundation: "The Sinapi Foundation’s purpose is to create sustainable paths out of poverty for women and their families in rural Guatemala...."
- Gaston Warner of ZOE: "A Christian ministry helping orphans and vulnerable children to help themselves. ..."
- Steve Weber of Heart to Heart International: "Heart to Heart International (HHI) is a nonprofit international health organization that is committed to improving global health & expanding access to healthcare for those in need. ..."
- Cayce Stapp of Church of the Resurrection: "The purpose of Church of the Resurrection is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. ..."
- Tom Bassford & James DeLisle of The Co-Op: "The Co-Op is an initiative of Kansas City area churches willing to move beyond the four walls of the church to be a part of the long-term work of community development. ..."
Please help spread the word. Tell people buisnesspeople you know who may be looking for ways to employ their gifts for helping the least of these. Tell you pastor and mission leaders. Tell anyone you know who has a heart for seeing faith-based sustainable community and economic development take root. This is only the beginning of better things to come.
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