March 23, 2023
Top Tips For Social Entrepreneurs
By Kara Martin

Amber Hawkes’ Top Ten Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

  1. Your heart position is important. Be passionate, petition God, then be prepared to surrender to God’s timing.
  2. Do everything you can as professionally as you can
  3. Have a clear strategy.
  4. Keep complexity at bay.
  5. Do people and relationships well. Value people and look for the genuine intersection between who you are and who they are so that you can collaborate.
  6. Be transparent and honest about where you are at. Don’t be too proud to ask questions and seek advice.
  7. There is no such thing as failure, only an opportunity for improvement (but yes, it sucks!).
  8. There will always be too much to do, so pray for discernment and prompting. If you burn out you are no use to anyone. Trust God for what you can’t do.
  9. Move out of your comfort zone, this will keep you on your knees and relying on God.
  10. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy, every conversation can be used by him. Be patient for God’s timing.


Spiritual formation: you need deep roots to bear lots of fruit. If you have deep roots you won’t be blown about by other people’s opinions. Stay true to the only one whose opinion matters: God.



Amber Hawkes is Founding Chief Executive of the Australian arm of the International Justice Mission, a global organisation that protects the poor from violence in the developing world with more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals.

She was speaking at Seed’s February Coaching Nights. Our Coaching Nights are opportunities to gather with other members of the Seed community to work on your idea or project, or other people’s ideas and projects. Each Coaching Night has expert input and teaching in the core skills for creating positive change.


Kara Martin

Kara Martin is a Seed Coach and Facilitator. Kara is a speaker, lectures at Alphacrucis and Mary Andrews colleges, and was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations. She is married to David, and they have two amazing adult children: Jaslyn and Guy. Volume 1 of Workship: How we can Use our Work to Worship God was published in April 2017. Workship 2: How we can Flourish at Work was published in May 2018. Kara has just started on Workship 3: How to Shape Christians for the Workplace. To find out more about Kara, visit

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