Posts by Adam Gustine

Meet the Enterprises- 5000 Pies and FOL Design

Fountain of Life Church in West Long Beach, CA is home to two social enterprises and a wealth of Kingdom fruit. 5000 Pies is a pizza shop across from the community high school. Their mission is transform the lives of young adults in West Long Beach through culinary training and life skills coaching. The stories…

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Meet the Enterprises- Common Ground Enterprises

Common Ground Covenant Church in Jackson, MS is a church with a serious vision for its community. West Jackson is the epicenter for the Kingdom fruit being born out by this band of disciples with a vision to see God at work transforming people and place. Part of that vision includes the development of businesses…

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Meet the Enterprises- Fleurish Industries

Fleurish Industries is the social enterprise arm of The Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community in New Orleans, LA. Started by Canal Street Church, the Restoration Initiative’s vision for Fleurish Industries is to ‘provide an environment of hope through job training and employment’ in a way that resists the spread of violence, gang activity and…

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Sabbath and the dignity of work

This is the last post in this series on vocation and the importance of thinking local when we want to do economic development work in a way that celebrates each person’s God given capacities. We’ve considered the incredible gift of the notion of vocation where, as Buechner says “our deep gladness meets the worlds deep…

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Reclaiming work through a local approach

Last time, we ended with Wendell Berry’s line “without prosperous local economies, the people have no power and the land no voice.” There is a lot we COULD say about this line, but I want to consider it now through the lens of vocation and the discussion we’ve been having about reclaiming the dignity of…

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Vocation in a decreasingly local world-2

The world is changing rapidly. Becoming more global, more diverse, more urban. There is so much we gain from our globalizing world. But, at the risk of potentially sounding a bit like an isolationist (I don’t think I am), I’ve been reflecting lately about the ways that an increasingly global world is—necessarily— decreasingly local. For…

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Examining Vocation and the Dignity of Work- 1

Frederick Buechner remarks that vocation is “the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” I love this line. I resonate deeply with it and am inspired by it—wanting to experience that reality in my own life. Indeed, I think that if I were to track my life over the last 15 years,…

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Meet the Enterprises

If you look at our marketplace page, you’ll see a growing number of enterprises in the CovEnterprises family. Some of them we’ve had the privilege of helping to launch, but all of them are Covenant folks engaging the work of social enterprise on the ground and who have helped give shape to CovEnterprises as a…

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Business in the Neighborhood

Over the past three years, CovEnterprises and LMDJ has hosted an intensive on social enterprise at Midwinter. Each year, we have gathered pastors and community development practitioners from inside and outside the Covenant to a day+ session focusing on the key issues of enterprise and economic development. We have examined the theological foundations for social…

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Five Factors- Part 6- Material

Lastly for our series on looking for natural advantages for your business, we come to the question of material. What does it take to run your business, specifically, what consumable materials are needed to make what you are selling etc? (Here we are thinking specifically of what it takes to make/produce etc, not other materials…

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