Seed was launched in May 2015, when a group of Jesus followers who believe that faith should make a difference in the world gathered together with our Founder, John Beckett. Our desire was to create a community/organisation that helped people develop ideas and initiatives that more fully embodied the good news of Jesus beyond the walls of the church.
We wanted to explore what embodied faith might look like beyond the more traditionally accepted sectors for Christian work like education, health and justice.
What might it look like for a Christian in fashion, or finance, or property, or architecture to more fully align their lives, and the change they create in the world, with God’s purposes?
We were finding lots of Christians who were frustrated that their faith felt disengaged from the world and disconnected from their life. Many had a deep sense that a life following Jesus should make a difference in the world but their current experience was falling short of that expectation.
Most were content enough at church, but few were satisfied that church was providing them with models that helped them think through how they could most effectively serve God beyond the walls of the church. Most models and teaching focused on how they should behave at work or in the community, or what they should say to make the most of opportunities to tell people about Jesus. But few models, if any, helped them to think through what was the purpose of their work. What was it they were trying to achieve through their work, and why did God have them there?
There were many great Christian leaders and organisations before us who were doing the difficult work of trying to work out what whole-of-life discipleship looks like. We wanted to continue their legacy but we also wanted to take it a step further. We wanted to be a community of practice.
As we’ve developed Seed, we are convinced there are two key issues with the way Christians engage in society. Our current approaches are:
1. Too reactive and negative
2. Too theoretical or ‘intellectual’
By contrast, our belief is that what God wants from people in response to the good news of Jesus is a way of life, not a way of thinking. The way we think is extremely important, but primarily because it shapes the way we live.
So we committed ourselves to being constructive and tangible. We committed to moving beyond naming problems to consider solutions. Where something is contrary to what God intends, we’re committed to working with others to design alternate possibilities that grow out of the Christian story.
So Seed was created.
Over these past few years we’ve become a community of 'makers' - change designers, entrepreneurs, innovators and cultural creatives:
We are people and organisations who design things that give people a taste and see experience of life with Jesus
We are people and organisations seeking tangible positive change in the communities, workplaces and cultures where God has placed us
We are people and organisations who want to occupy the redemptive edge of change in society as we wrestle, discover, imagine and create together.
And we’re loving the ride!
Sometimes we feel like we’ve come a long way since our launch.
Most of the time it feels like we’re just getting started. We would love you to join us.