Economic Development is More Than Teaching a Man to Fish


Speaker: Tom Bassford – Executive Director, Significant Matters


“What everyone in the world wants is a good job.” That, according to Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, is foremost on the minds of people all over the world. In his recent book, The Coming Jobs War, Clifton makes the case that jobs, more than anything else, drive nearly every decision a community, city, or country will make about its health and future.

What impact does that have on the future of Christian mission? Will the simple adage “teach a man to fish” be enough to help that man get a job? We stand at a time when the Christian worldview of the dignity of work, individual freedom, love for others and benevolent self-sacrifice have as much to say (and give!) to job creation as ever. (And that’s with centuries of vocation in our rear-view mirror.) But to speak now effectively into “vocation” requires a re-thinking of what it really means (indeed, what it will cost) to “teach a man to fish.”

Who Might Find This Helpful

Marketplace people, entrepreneurs, Business as Mission (BAM) people, and mission directors looking to better understand the role of marketplace people in the emerging missional work of job creation, sustainability, and economic development will find this session thought-provoking and helpful in charting a course forward.

Conferences: CG2013
Church: Christ Community Church, Kansas City