There is no shortage of missions agencies throughout the United States and the world. More than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. per the National Center for Charitable Statistics. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other forms of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, civic leagues, and fraternal establishments. It was also estimated that there are 312,373 church congregations in the United States as of May of 2016. Nonprofits that are categorized as public charities are often religious in nature and derive most of their income from donations and government grants. Nonprofit Public Charities are the most numerous of nonprofits.
The religious community often engages itself in most of the charitable causes that seek to address some form of social ills like poverty, drug abuse, crime, etc. While religious charities and church bodies often garner most of their proceeds from government grants and private donations, their operations strategy indicate that such organizations are devoid of wealth generating strategies apart from conventional fundraising.
When it comes to helping the poor, there is a variety of methods deployed that places output over outcome. Despite the redistribution of millions of dollars being spent on charitable causes, the poverty issue resurfaces time and time again as a hot topic of political campaigns and religious slogans. Seldom do job creators and their investors receive the honorable mention they are due.
This author recently delivered a lecture to a class of graduate students who were studying to be more effective in the ministry. The address centered on business as mission, a strategy to reach more people for Christ while adding value to society in the area of free market activity. Students tuning in—some via satellite--- were from three different cities. At the conclusion of the lecture, this author wanted to take questions because he knew that this approach might be a new method for some. One student asked what role does the church play in this technique. Such a question exposes a problem within the religious community---the intellectual chasm between church and industry.
The secular/sacred dichotomy doesn’t occur in everyone’s mind, but it does find variations of expression within Christendom and among those resistant to religious custom. Similar to those suffering from schizophrenia, the secular/sacred dichotomy is an interpretation of reality that may or may not represent authentic certainty. Wherever the cognitive dichotomy is present, it may explain the numerous divisions that exist even among the average parishioner who may assume that “ministry” only takes place within the confines of the traditional church.
At Hope Initiatives, we believe in feeding the poor by engaging them in dignified labor. We believe in assisting society’s marginalized by imparting relevant skills that create wealth and a higher standard of living for those willing to participate fully in the economy. We promote family, discourage promiscuity, and endorse work and industry by creating jobs. Though Hope Initiatives uses every dollar to invest in the mission, we often seek donors to help us expand our services. It is very difficult, and even risky, to tap into operating expenses to achieve growth. Therefore, we are looking for social equity investors to invest in the lives of those willing to work their way out of poverty.
Your donation of any amount subsidizes labor, not laziness. Your generous partnership will help us upgrade our equipment and renovate existing homes to lease to those who now have a job. Will you invest with us to receive a social return on your investment? Please explore our website to learn more about Hope Initiatives. You can even schedule a tour of our facility to see first-hand how lives are being impacted through Christ-like compassion.
About the Author
Tommy Davis, a former sheriff's (jail) chaplain, and a Western New York division commander chaplain for CFMI, was elected as president/CEO of Hope Initiatives in August of 2016. Mr. Davis performed exercises with the state police, the US Marshal's Services and other law enforcement and corrections agencies. He received his BA in Theology and MA in Ministry at Apex School of Theology and Tennessee Temple University respectively. He is currently studying to receive his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Management at Piedmont International University. Tommy and his wife Raymona reside in Rochester with their children. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org