You know what they say, they say it’s all good…

29 Mar

Here is part five of what has been titled “Operation: Marketplace.”  Today speaks to the positive impacts and aspects of the business model that we are talking about.  Enjoy!

As was mentioned above, the business will be designed to infiltrate the community with the Gospel.  We believe that it will be an amazing platform to reach people outside of the church.  This is where we answer the question mentioned earlier; how do we reach truly unchurched people?  We leverage our business influence to share the Gospel with people who would never come to a traditional church.  This can be an incredible asset to our ministry as we are striving to reach the community.

The first positive impact of this business is that it teaches believers that the call of God does not solely come to those entering full-time Christian ministry, but also extends as equally to those who are vocationally called to the workplace.  So often, church members believe that the church staff is in place to do ministry on their behalf.  However, the bible is explicit that the call of ministry is placed on the life of every believer to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.  This business is a ministry of the church that God has given the people to steward, lead, and invest in.

The business will also provide jobs for people in the community.  There will need to be people who run the cafe including people who can cook and prepare food, baristas to prepare coffee, and cleaners.  There will need to be people who can supervise children in the children’s area and nurture them while they are under their supervision.  There will need to be people who can run sound and technology for the auditorium.  There will need to be someone who can organize all three facets as they work together.  These facts will lead to a great opportunity for us to impact the surrounding community by providing jobs for those who need them.

This business will provide services to the community that are not currently being offered.  Sure, there are Starbucks on every corner, there is any restaurant at which you could possibly want to eat, there are daycares, and there are live music venues where performances take place.  However, there is not currently a place where all of those services are housed under one roof.  This is a very unique opportunity to truly add value to the community by offering something that they cannot get anywhere else.

Ultimately, the greatest positive impact of this business is that it can be a blessing to the community.  As we live out our centrifugal and centripetal mission as God’s people in the middle of the world, the community will see they way that we live and operate and they will glorify God and be drawn to Him (Matt. 5:13-16, Matt. 13:33, Col. 1:13, 1 Pt. 2:11-12).

 

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3 Responses to “You know what they say, they say it’s all good…”

  1. Amanda March 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I think my question still has not been answered. HOW is the gospel being shared? Do employees pass out tracts to everyone? Is everything set up with scripture on the wall, Christian music playing, tracts available…? Jesus and Paul both went TO the people, which definitely supports the marketplace ministry concept, however they were overt in their sharing of the gospel, it was the focus of what they were doing. Although it’s only speculation, I think we can assume from all the examples available that Paul didn’t sit in the marketplace, making his tents and hoping that his friendly nature and top quality service would lead people to inquire as to his character and why he was different (thus giving him an opening to explain the gospel in full). If any of the many other examples (especially in Acts) are an indication, I feel confident he told everyone he met of the dramatic change in his life and who wrought it. I just want to know how THAT happens, intentionally, in a marketplace environment as you have laid out.

    • jla6102 March 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      No Amanda, employees will not be passing out tracts. We are not creating business where the desire is that only Christians would come there. We are talking about a place where there is an opportunity for the Gospel to be shared. Take, for example, Chick-Fil-A. They are very much a Christian business, but they are not beating people over the head with Scripture. They follow Christian business principles and they are making an impact in the world. This is not done by having people preach every day at each restaurant, but rather they simply show the love of Christ to the surrounding community through loving the members of the community who enter their establishment, being involved in the community, and giving back to the community around them. Truett Cathy’s goal, and our goal, is not simply to make more converts, but rather to provide a platform and environment in which disciples can be made. There is a fundamental, but very big, difference there.

  2. Amanda March 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Jason, I feel as though I could go on at length… BUT I won’t – maybe on MY blog, lol. However, I will say that I think Truett Cathy is a GREAT example of how *an individual Christian* should run their lives – couldn’t agree more! 😉

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