Small, concentrated, and one by one: How churches might best effect economic development and flourishing, right where they are.
"Economic development, for those who might not be familiar with the term, is 'the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area.' (Wikipedia) This idea that churches should be doing this kind of work resonated with me, as Englewood Christian Church, my church on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, has been engaged in economic development for over a decade. We didn’t set out to do economic development, but stumbled into it as a result of seeking to be faithful in our neighborhood and to bear witness to the healing and flourishing that God intends for all places." -- C. Christopher Smith, Sojourners.net