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Permission Granted: Churches Giving Marketplace Leaders the Green Light for Kingdom Impact

By July 27, 2015 No Comments

Green-LightPioneering churches have discovered two factors that can help them move more marketplace leaders toward Kingdom impact

1) Marketplace leaders want to change the world—we must give them captivating opportunities to pursue.

2) Marketplace leaders are carrying God-sized visions in their hearts—unearth them.

Leadership Network’s concept paper, Permission Granted: Churches Giving Marketplace Leaders the Green Light for Kingdom Impact, previously published by Andy Williams and Dennis Welch explores this important topic.

Here are some great quotes from the paper:

“If somebody walks in with a great idea for a new ministry, we tell them, ‘that’s a good idea’. Go for it.”

“We’re finding out the best thing we can do for our marketplace leaders who want to do ministry is help get the right resources in their hands… and stay out of the way.”

“We believe it’s time for churches to put a stake down in their communities and beyond, we want to help business leaders perform those good works God had in mind all along.”

“We think the church historically has not cast a compelling vision, and that’s why it has had trouble finding marketplace leaders who will help.”

“We are challenging successful marketplace leaders to figure out a way to do what they already do, and bring their substantial gifts and talents to bear in the church and in the community.”


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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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