Monday, May 11, 2009

Faithventure Forum Celebrates its 100th Post

Today marks the 100th post of the Faithventure Forum blog. I started this conversation 9 months ago with the hopes of creating a resource about the unique flavor of what I call faith ventures: kingdom businesses created to impact disadvantaged communities.

A couple of observations:

Combining blogging and organizational leadership is hard

I knew it would be difficult to add a couple of posts a week to my long list of responsibilities. And I was right. There always seems to be a pressing issue that demands my attention more than writing another post. But I am convinced that this activity is still very important even though it competes with other items on my to do list. Regular blogging brings order to my weekly work life which takes me to my next point:

Blogging has made me a better leader

One of the biggest challenges of organizational leadership is navigating the balance between the tyranny of daily activities and the requirements of big picture strategic thinking. Blogging forces me to slow down and think about why I am doing what I am doing. It helps create space for careful contemplation of ideas…a must for any effective leader.

It had been challenging blogging about redemptive business models at a time of economic difficulties

I started the Faithventure Forum a few weeks before the stock market started its historic crash. I don’t need to say much more. But it has been interesting trying to celebrate the unique role business can have in helping individuals and communities in need when the culture as a whole seems to have lost faith in business. Throughout the last 9 months, I have experienced a growing awareness of how fortunate I am to be able to rely on God for the future of Belay Enterprises. It is God’s business. So when the rest of the culture seems mired in fear, I can trust that God will bring about good in the midst of the bad.

Forum readership is steadily growing

Seth Godin talks about the rewards of persistent blogging activity. I have enjoyed watching the steady addition of new readers over the course of the last 9 months.

So a hundred posts later, I want to thank my readers for joining me on this journey. Here’s to the next 100 posts and to a growing faith venture movement.

It’s my hope that this little corner of the business as ministry world can inspire others to initiate ventures that help individuals and communities rebuild lives both economically and spiritually.

So what topics you are interested in reading more about during the next 100 posts?

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