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Earlier this year I had the privilege of getting to know some of our Seed community by connecting with some of our alumni. I was really after some information and feedback that could help us move forward with our programs and learn from past iterations of our entrepreneurial pathway. But I was not expecting to be so impacted by their stories of God’s faithfulness and their testimonies of where they’ve seen God at work. In conversation with one participant I was powerfully reminded of the mystery of God’s will and His ways. He mentioned how God is constantly planting seeds and it’s our privilege to nurture those seeds. Having grown up on a farm, he understands first-hand how hard it can be to have patience — while waiting for a shoot to spring up, you can’t see what’s happening underneath and doubt can creep in. He has this incredibly patient approach to his work where he’s longing to see something grow rather than just make something happen. He said to me, “the Father has a garden and He wants to walk with us in it and in that place many of our compulsive behaviours fall away and we flourish more fully but, to invite others into it then we need to enter into it ourselves.” To me, this is such a compelling portrait of what it looks like to live in a rhythm of participating in God’s redemptive work. Another participant has seen God’s redemptive work in action. She shared her testimony of God’s faithfulness, a breakthrough of provision in the eleventh hour! When she’d exhausted every avenue, having been faithful to the vision, she saw God move powerfully. She shared with me this gem: “We see more of God’s glory when we’re put to the test and are on the limit, on the edge. It is more glorious when it’s not handed to you on a silver platter.” Her story resonated so strongly with me. When those shoots finally start to spring forward, when that bright green growth pops out of the soil, it is even more glorious when we know with total assurance that really, we did nothing to bring this about. It was God alone, in His sovereignty and His power, that growth happened. How privileged we are to be part of his incredible redemptive work in this world, so that we get a front row seat in witnessing God's glory, again and again.
Walking alongside another human being in some kind of endeavour is an incredible privilege. It is even a great honour when you are invited to participate in the hope and dreams of a person you respect and who hopes to achieve change for humanity is some small or large...
When Seed was launched back in 2015, we wanted to invest in the formation of Jesus followers to help them make a real difference in the world – to move beyond belief. And we were confident that if we could help people design and create tangible expressions of the way...
Earlier this year I had the privilege of getting to know some of our Seed community by connecting with some of our alumni. I was really after some information and feedback that could help us move forward with our programs and learn from past iterations of our...
As an entrepreneur and business owner, I am constantly amazed at how the online space is continually coming up with new and different ways to do things you thought were fine just as they were. Just when I thought I had seen it all and that there was nowhere else for...
The Reventure Board has initiated the Lawrie Styles, Reventure Faith and Work Fellowship with the principal objective of perpetuating and honouring Lawrie Style’s legacy.
What makes entrepreneurs distinctive? How do they see things that others cannot see? What motivates them to keep going, in spite of obstacles?
Purpose and meaning are playing an increasingly important role in the contemporary workforce. In particular, the younger generations entering the workforce are looking for ‘meaning makers’, people who can help them contextualise their work in the context of a bigger story and life purpose.
Design Thinking is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. At its core the concept of Design Thinking is Customer-centric. It’s about understanding what your customer wants first before providing them with a solution.
Some of you might have read Simon Sinek’s best-selling book ‘Start with Why’- or at least seen the Ted talk. The rediscovery of ‘why’ surprises me because I’m one of those people who are always thinking about why.
We founded Seed in response to three problems. In this blog series we’re outlining the problems and a taste of how Seed plans to respond to them.
When a partnership launched between a pastor and biblical entrepreneur, what emerged is an effective model for churches to transform communities through entrepreneurship.
Faith and Business Practice Amongst Christian Entrepreneurs in Developing and Emerging Markets by Eric A.S. Wood and Peter S. Heslam
This article examines the impact of faith on the business approach of Christian entrepreneurs in developing and emerging market settings. Special attention is given to the distinctive context for business in these environments (including high levels of poverty and corruption); the entrepreneurs’ responses, and how faith influences these responses.
Governments globally are encouraging entrepreneurship and creating platforms for new entrepreneurial business opportunities. The study of entrepreneurship has been approached from many perspectives and grounded in various theories. Historically, research to understand why individuals become entrepreneurs has centred on secular considerations, leaving many unanswered questions.
A couple of years ago I ran a Busy Women’s Retreat… That might sound like a contradiction in terms. How can we retreat in the midst of busyness? Is it possible to be still, when nothing around you is?
Where should those pathways lead? Our hope is that the pathways ultimately make it possible for Christians to be agents for redemptive change in society.
Redemptive change is our term for a particular approach to social change that grows out of our engagement with the Christian story. It is an approach to change that results in our growth and formation as followers of Jesus, while also making a positive impact on society and bearing witness to Jesus.
Over the last 6 months, a deeper clarity has emerged around the purpose of Seed. After a couple of years working through the detail of ‘how’ we do what we set out to do, we’ve had the pleasure of returning to reconsider in fresh ways ‘why’ Seed exists.
That ‘why’ – Seed’s purpose – is to create pathways for effective and faithful engagement by Christians in society. We might not talk about that in our public messages all the time, but that lies at the core of Seed’s existence.
This book was the result of years of study, conversations, and seminars which I taught on the general content in the 1980s. What has always seemed clear to me is that “spiritual truth” that does not result in measurable change in the here-and-now is either not yet clearly understood or irrelevant. For sure, economics and business are about here-and-now reality, and the issue therefore is to connect these endeavors and ground them to their spiritual foundations in the God who created them.
This thesis is about the role of the (Lutheran) Christian faith in social purpose business ventures. These business ventures have been known as “business as mission” (BAM) businesses within the Christian community but, so far, only limited research on the impact of these businesses has taken place and that mostly within the Christian Community.
Personality Trait Differences between Traditional and Social Entrepreneurs by Rachael Smith, Robin Bell, Helen Watts
It was found that social entrepreneurs exhibited statistically significantly higher levels of creativity, risk taking, and need for autonomy than traditional entrepreneurs. The results were then discussed critically in light of the literature.
or as long as we can remember, the ability to see has been understood as a divine gift. From the snake in the garden to the eye of Horus, from the “see-ers” of the Old Testament to the “light of the world” in the New, the opening of blind eyes has been amongst the most pressing themes of the human condition – and its hope.
Recently I had a participant in one of our training courses in tears as she went through an imagination process. The tears came because of a realisation that she had lost the capacity to imagine.
Although often acknowledged as critically important, the role of the entrepreneur in the modern economy is often underdeveloped or inadequately understood. The reason for this is in large part due to the complex anthropological mysteries that lie at the heart of entrepreneurship.
The peculiar American struggle with faith, wealth, and work is expressed in four recent books that affirm Christians in business while offering various theological critiques of capitalism or its effects.
When God calls people into relationship with him, he offers them new life. Intrinsic to this new life is the offer and assurance of salvation, yet the transformation to new life is much more than salvation, much more than a mere transaction. What happens, primarily, is that God designates us with a new identity. God changes who we are.
This paper has two goals: to demonstrate the divine aspects of entrepreneurship and to show that there is much more to entrepreneurialism than business activities.
Christians have a somewhat schizophrenic view of entrepreneurs. We see them as something of a necessary evil; we recognize their value to some extent but also view them with skepticism and distrust, especially those who become wealthy. They are frequently viewed in a certain accusatory way, as though their wealth has come at the expense of others.
But design thinking—prioritizing the emotional and imaginative side of being human—seeks to put creativity in the center seat of business strategy, owning up to the reality that desire and knowledge are more connected than largely acknowledged. As a Christian who seeks to give glory to God through my work, I am delighted that design thinking provides a more human approach to understanding innovation.
“Design thinking” can mean different things, but it usually describes processes, methods, and tools for creating human-centered products, services, solutions, and experiences. It involves establishing a personal connection with the people—or users—for whom a solution is being developed.
At a recent meeting of Christian business people the speaker took pains to deny there was anything distinctive that the Christian faith could contribute to the redesign of the financial system. This lack of faith in the power of the Christian faith is widespread and due in part I believe to the difficulty of linking theology to business practice.t a recent meeting of Christian business people the speaker took pains to deny there was anything
As part of our Accelerator program at Seed we consider the reality that in the current marketplace any organisation that wants to succeed must embed innovation and change into their structures and processes from a very early stage.
Some of you would be old enough to remember the Blackstump Christian music and arts festival that used to light up the Sydney Christian scene. The time when it was most influential was right in my formative teenage years.
Some of us have had our working lives significantly impacted in the present crisis. I regularly teach and speak and mentor; and all those activities have been drastically curtailed lately
If all work has value, the important thing is to be faithful to the work and the place that God has called us. We can be called by God to work in the church and work outside the church.
Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, it is quite sensible for us to cancel many things. Our current context requires these cancellations.
Faith does more than just intersect with work. Faith fuels our work.
As creative Christians, we need to be especially attentive to all facets of our work: design, form, content, function. Does our work bear witness to the goodness of Jesus, and particularly to the sacrifice and humility He embodied for us?
Boaz is described as “a man of great wealth” (Ruth 2: 1). The words of the verse have a heroic quality to them – being the same words as used to describe the “mighty men” of David.
We’re offering a new course called Re-Imagine especially designed for Christians who own or are leading small to medium enterprises through this season
What does stewardship look like in our lives today? What does it look like in our businesses?
There’s no way around it… Because of COVID-19, things are changing and businesses will have to adjust in order to survive the upcoming times.
But our primary purpose for making a profit (which I prefer to call being economically viable) is to support the other two purposes of the business, which together form its primary purposes.
Entrepreneurial intentions and their motivation(s) are essential to understand better how Christians operationalize business formations
Our 2020 Cohort // This year we have been blessed with our biggest cohort yet! This is the crew at their first Intensive.
Entrepreneur is a word thrown around a lot these days and rightfully so when you consider that an entrepreneur is not simply someone who starts a business…
Genesis is incomparably significant for the theology of work because it tells the story of God’s work of creation, the first work of all and the prototype for all work that follows
It would seem to me there is a lot of people searching for purpose these days.
So, if you have an idea that you want to bring to life, but you just don’t know how to take to step 1 and then 2, 3, …. Come and join us at Seed’s 2020 Incubator!
We rob ourselves of immeasurable joy when we compare what we do know about ourselves with what we don’t know about someone else.
The first time I inadvertently explored the intersection between entrepreneurship and faith was through the gold-standard of middle-school communication: the viral chain-emails promising good fortune or the absence of utter tragedy if you forwarded it along to 20 friends.
Walk the Talk. Is one those clichés that I find confronting true, mostly because of the absence of its reality in my life.
There are some awesome resources out there for innovators and entrepreneurs. One such resource is the “How I Built This” Podcast by NPR
Who wins when I ask for big things? I have thought it was me, of course. Recently, however, I have been seeing a different dynamic at work when looking at three passages that follow each other in the book of John.
Some people refuse to use the word failure. Instead, they substitute words like slip-up, setback, glitch, mistake—or at least frame the failure in a positive light.
The Bible explains that because of the rebellion of humanity against God’s good intention for our lives, shalom is not the way it is anymore. Instead of work consistently being done for the flourishing of all, work is often just a means to other ends, sinful ends.
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be awakened by an angel some morning with a direct message from God about what I should do.
Success, he suggested, was not achieved by a quick fix, quantum-leap method offered by our fast food culture. Instead, success comes by doing the small things we know to do over time.
But you, as an individual can incubate a vision of our unique context, that perhaps might be a sign that the Spirit of the Creator God has not abandoned that context, but is intent on filling it afresh with His image – even with you.
Design Thinking is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. At its core the concept of Design Thinking is Customer-centric.
Disruption. This idea that things could be done better and you have a solution as to how that could happen or at the very least you’re willing to go on the journey of finding out if there is a solution to be found.
The world is flooded with stories. It’s how we interact, share knowledge, connect and create. Stories exist at the core of the human experience.
You would think a huge disrupter like AirBnB wouldn’t need to employ someone to disrupt their own business. Disruption is at the core of who they are, doesn’t it come naturally?
We recently provided our top tips on cultivating a creative mindset. We received such a great response to the series that we have decided to compile them into one handy blog!
One of the tough things for the Mercers has been dealing with failure, businesses that haven’t taken off. They are open about that experience, “There is much about business you can control. And much of it that you can’t,” explains Aron.
Aron and Louise Mercer are an amazing couple who are innovative leaders of change in their respective fields.
At Seed we’re all about forming a community of changemakers – individuals and organisations who are being shaped by Jesus while working at the forefront of positive change in our society. One of the pillars of our approach is imagination.
Innovation is not a word that we readily associate with the Christian church or the faith-based sector. We’re seen as traditionalists, outdated, resisters of change
When Dana joined the Hub she had a prototype for a book for people with dementia. By the end of the year, she had a contract with a publisher…
The seven women are gathered in the boardroom looking at me with expectation. Each of them have been working mostly alone on projects that have absorbed their thoughts, actions, lives for up to 12 years.
At the time it was a strange concept, to step back from the pressure and greed of a western Christmas, and to focus on the poor. It seemed revolutionary simply to admit to ourselves that we have enough stuff.
A couple of years ago I ran a Busy Women’s Retreat… That might sound like a contradiction in terms. How can we retreat in the midst of busyness? Is it possible to be still, when nothing around you is?
Dave walked outside of his home in the United States’ famous Silicon Valley, conscious that his whole world was falling down around him.His promising tech start-up had just floundered..
Movements are about broad culture change, about identity and community transformation. When you have a ‘big’ vision, you will often dream of seeing not just your small project or product succeed but it multiply and snowball to transform whole communities and societies.
We conclude the discussion on Spiritual Formation and the important role it plays in our lives as entrepreneurs and change-makers.
I was heading into full time pastoral ministry and I was confronted with the reality that I didn’t really know what I was talking about when it came to Jesus…
I find the work anniversary notifications from LinkedIn annoying. Sometimes they are quite arbitrary, that is, when someone remembered to update their LinkedIn profile!
An initial study, utilising the Baylor Religion Survey, discovered that entrepreneurs tend to pray more frequently, are more likely to attend a place of worship that encourages business activity, and are more likely to see God as engaged and personal.
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.
Tim is a director with a social business that had already been operating for two years when the opportunity came to participate in the Seed entrepreneurial incubator.
Davyn de Bruyn had it all: a wonderful job, speeding up the career ladder, living in Mosman, girls keen for his company… but on the 10th of January in 2012 he found himself asking ‘Is this all life has to offer?’
This is the model of The Hub, an opportunity for women to explore a ministry, an idea, a business, or an art project in community and with expert coaches.
What about the church? We’re not exactly known as a bastion of innovation and disruption. Australian Professor of theology and sociology Charles Ringma pointed out about 40 years ago (before the innovation revolution was on the radar) that the church hasn’t innovated in centuries.
It was two days after the images of Aylan (the three year old Syrian refugee boy who drowned at sea last week) were released, that I finally found the space to engage with the reality of his death. His death was a moment that captured the reality of the pain and...
We founded Seed in response to three problems. In this blog series we're outlining the problems and a taste of how Seed plans to respond to them. Problem 2: The world is not as God intends it to be. We see and experience brokenness, injustice, oppression. Christians...
We founded Seed in response to three problems. In this blog series we're outlining the problems and a taste of how Seed plans to respond to them. Problem number 1: Many Christians are frustrated that their faith feels disengaged from the world and disconnected from...
“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” ~Francis A. Schaeffer Innovation is the creative development of a specific product, service, or idea with the goal of pleasing customers and extracting value from its commercialization....
Some of you might have read Simon Sinek’s best-selling book ‘Start with Why’- or at least seen the Ted talk. The rediscovery of ‘why’ surprises me because I’m one of those people who are always thinking about why. I’m always asking questions. If I can’t understand the purpose behind what I’m doing then you won’t have me on board for very long. Starting with why comes naturally for me.