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Post Christendom Stewardship & Microfinance

Transforming Church for North America’s Evolving Spiritual Ecosystem

The outcomes of a 2013 Louisville Institute grant award to Rev. George Meier exploring microfinance as way of fostering experimental and entrepreneurial ministries outside traditional church governance structures in The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ commend these denominations support and learn from ministries beyond their wineskins. An in depth analysis examines the rationale for denominations to support ministry outside its “wineskin”. As part of that analysis, a glimpse into North America’s evolving spiritual ecosystem has been developed with KnowledgeWorks, educational consultants, using its learning forecasting work to inform the spiritual ecosystem impacting mainline protestant denominations. The project outcomes include a detailed design and plan for testing microfinance to foster experimental and entrepreneurial ministries outside traditional governance structures.


 

Spiritual-Ecosystem

Glimpses of the Future Spiritual Ecosystem

Transforming Church for North America’s Evolving Spiritual Ecosystem provides context for helping denominations and churches consider their opportunities in the highly personalized spiritual ecosystem unfolding in Canada and the United States. This piece was written by Katherine Prince, Senior Director of Strategic Foresight, of KnowledgeWorks and Rev. George Meier of The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ.

 

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Part I Rationale for a United Church of Canada Microfinance Fund Program

Part I Rationale for a United Church of Canada Microfinance Fund Program provides the socio-cultural and theological analysis as to the spiritual ecosystem faced by The United Church of Canada and the implications of that analysis for its life and work.

 

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Part II Fresh in the Spirit Investments: A Faith Micro–Loan Program

Part II Fresh in the Spirit Investments: A Faith Micro-Loan Program provides the values, assumptions, design and implementation plan for a micro-loan program that could be sponsored by The United Church of Canada. Vancouver School of Theology is a collaborator as to this program design for its test implementation. Corinne Tessier, CMA, MBA, FCMA provided the proposed microfinance plan and design.

 


The Louisville Institute’s Pastoral Study Project Program enables pastoral leaders to bracket daily work routines in order to pursue a pressing and significant question for the life of faith. The Louisville Institute is funded by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment and based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). The Institute’s fundamental mission is to enrich the religious life of North American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.

For presentations and workshops with George Meier and Katherine Prince as to their methodology and forecast for the evolving spiritual ecosystem contact info@heartsrest.com. Similarly, for presentations or workshops with George Meier and Corrine Tessier as to the micro-loan program contact info@heartsrest.com.

 


A discussion of our work on Knowledge Works:

http://knowledgeworks.org/worldoflearning/spiritual-ecosystem/