Friday, July 8, 2011

Belay Enterprises in Urban Faith

Rodolpho Carrasco has written an article Ministries of Social Entrepreneurship on urban faith ventures that highlights Belay Enterprises, Homeboy Industries and Central Detroit Christian at Urban Faith:

America’s economic woes have made grassroots urban ministers open to new ways of doing things. Fundraising has always been a challenge, and now more so. Common conversation topics in urban ministry circles include cutting positions, scaling back programs, and working more efficiently.
One topic stands out. The idea of starting a business to fund an urban ministry is not just hallway conversation or Facebook chat fodder. People really want to know. Even people who are critics of Big Business or Capitalism are hungry to make private enterprise work for their cause.
If you are thinking about launching a business to supplement your ministry’s bottom line, it’s important to understand both the concept of social entrepreneurship and the management capacity of the typical grassroots urban minister.
Read the whole article here.

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