Source: Joel News #884, November 29, 2013
Entrepreneurs are essential drivers of innovation and progress. In the business world, they act as engines of growth, harnessing opportunity and innovation to fuel economic advancement.
Social entrepreneurs act similarly, but their passion is to meet the needs of the marginalized, the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised – populations that lack the financial means or political clout to achieve lasting benefit on their own.
This is of course highly compatible with the values, beliefs, and goals of the Church in its mission to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice. Therefore it’s not surprising that there’s a growing movement of Christian social entrepreneurs.
“Christians pursuing social causes have a unique set of advantages including rootedness, freedom from the rat race, a basis for unshakable confidence, and the ultimate clarity of purpose,” says journalist Julia Thompson.”In Christ, we have one direction that sets everything else in its place: to obey and follow our leader, the servant king who turned the universe on its head by hanging on a cross. That truth at once creates and demands all of the innovation, courage, and vision we need. It’s a radical invitation to participate in the ultimate social venture of making all things new.”
» Subscribe to Joel News here.
» See social entrepreneurship at work in the country of Malawi through Sustainable Options in Malawi (OM News) and William Kamkwamba: How I Built a Windmill (TED Talks). Kamkwamba’s story is also told in the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and the soon-to-be-released feature documentary film William and the Windmill.