In northeast Texas, Community Life Church has shaken up the traditional church format. Also known as c|Life, it doesn’t have one lead pastor—it has three. And although members meet on Sundays, they say “church” really happens in small groups. c|Life wants these elements to foster relationships among members that, ultimately, point to God. That’s a goal … Continue reading Spotlight: Community Life Church
By Larry Johnson, Kingdom Growers Church Relations Director Think ahead. To truly be effective, a mission-integrated business needs to support more than evangelism. It needs to strategically encourage discipleship. ”Discipleship” is a noun and describes a Christian’s relationship to Jesus. That relationship can begin even before a person becomes a follower of Jesus. A person … Continue reading The Art of Multi-Tasking: Conducting a business while making disciples
The initial glimpse of a village is a moment to savor. When we visit particular areas often on mission trips, their defining characteristics blend into the background. Their uniqueness fades just a bit. Nothing compares to the first time we enter a community and relish its culture, its atmosphere, and its people. In February, photographer … Continue reading What is it about new cultures that impacts us?
The coffee fields were still vast and beautiful. The children were still curious about visitors. But for James Townsend, something had changed in Honduras since his last visit. The people seemed different. “They seemed more excited,” he said, describing Cultivadores del Reino farmers. That’s the cooperative from which Kingdom Growers buys its Honduran coffee. James … Continue reading Through the Lens: A photographer’s observations of Kingdom Growers
It only takes three letters to harm a business partnership in a developing country: O-U-R. Our. Mirriam-Webster Definition--“relating to or belonging to us: made or done by us.” The word “our” is a possessive pronoun, and the last thing the Kingdom Growers Coffee Company wants to be is possessive. KG has no right to use the … Continue reading “Our”: The dirty word of direct trade
Many Christian businesses mean well—but physical and spiritual lives don’t improve through good intentions alone. If you are a Christian business owner who wants to strengthen poor economies while sharing the Gospel, you must be honest. You must be humble. You must view the people you “help” as equals. You must dig into the Bible … Continue reading 4 Verses to Guide a Kingdom-Focused Business
By Graham Blackwell A wise person once said you don’t have to empower people whose power hasn’t been taken from them. Several years ago, I was traveling with a dear friend in Honduras, where I had moved my family for ministry and agricultural work. I asked him about the one thing that, in his opinion, … Continue reading 5 Rules to Keep Condescension Out of ‘Kindness’