Posts by Adam Gustine

Start with Impact 5- Community Flourishing

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at ways to measure the impact in our community through the work of enterprise and economic development. Central to our core philosophy at CovEnterprises is the idea that we ought to begin the work by identifying the impact we seek to make in the neighborhood and working…

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Start with Impact 4- Development

Last week, we looked at ways that social enterprise can pursue authentic community transformation by working to create pathways of opportunity in communities where folks experience a lot of brick walls and challenges to economic stability. In the main, creating opportunity is a work that happens at the individual level, impact people in the community.…

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Start with Impact 3- Opportunity

The first category of transformation we think about in CovEnterprises is Opportunity. We live in a world full of brick walls, particularly for folks who experience life on the social margins or who live in communities of generational poverty etc. Opportunity is often created through networks of support who have access to pathways (or who…

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Start with Impact 2- Transforming People and Place

No matter how you frame it, probably, the ultimate goal of social enterprise is the transformation of people and/or place.  Of course, through the lens of the kingdom of God, that transformation has a profoundly comprehensive quality to it. A restoration of persons that includes relationship with God and inclusion in a community of God’s…

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Start with Impact 1- Transformation

Eric Reis’, in his book, The Lean Startup, talks about the temptation for business owners to use vanity metrics— numbers the project the appearance of success but which actually work to mask inertia or failure—to shore up their image of their business. His argument is that vanity metrics are unhelpful, and so, while tempting, they…

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What is CovEnterprises?- TESTING

By Adam Gustine Over the past month, we’ve been working through the base vision of CovEnterprises. What is this project all about? In the coming weeks, we will start to explore the connection between social enterprise and justice. As a major initiative of LMDJ, we see this as critical in the work of seeking God’s…

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What is CovEnterprises?- LAUNCH

By Adam Gustine I get the chance to talk about CovEnterprises all the time and I always find myself breaking it down in different ways. My struggle is that there is so much that we want CovEnterprises to be it is hard to get it all into a single conversation. But I’ve come to embrace…

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What is CovEnterprises? CONNECTION

By Adam Gustine I’m not sure its possible to feel a sense of calling, or passion and drive, for social enterprise and not be just a little bit crazy. Or at least not feel a little bit crazy. The relative dearth of social enterprise practitioners in the world, particularly the church world, can leave the…

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What is CovEnterprises?- COACHING

By Adam Gustine Moving from where we are to where we need to be requires input and guidance from people who have been where we want to get to. We all need coaches to help us get from here to there. Social enterprise is no different.  Social Enterprise is, for the most part, relatively new…

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Transformation through T-shirts and Lawncare

This post originally appeared in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Covenant Companion.  By Adam Gustine Sometimes people call me “the social enterprise guy.” I used to chafe at the label, but now I embrace it as I’ve become convinced that enterprise and economic development are critical to the ministry of mercy and justice—and a helpful…

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