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Meet the Enterprises- 5000 Pies and FOL Design

By Adam Gustine | April 19, 2019

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…

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Meet the Enterprises- Common Ground Enterprises

By Adam Gustine | April 12, 2019

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…

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Meet the Enterprises- Fleurish Industries

By Adam Gustine | April 5, 2019

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…

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Sabbath and the dignity of work

By Adam Gustine | March 30, 2019

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…

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Reclaiming work through a local approach

By Adam Gustine | March 23, 2019

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…

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Vocation in a decreasingly local world-2

By Adam Gustine | March 15, 2019

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…

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Examining Vocation and the Dignity of Work- 1

By Adam Gustine | March 7, 2019

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…

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Meet the Enterprises

By Adam Gustine | March 1, 2019

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…

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Business in the Neighborhood

By Adam Gustine | February 15, 2019

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…

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Five Factors- Part 6- Material

By Adam Gustine | February 8, 2019

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…

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