According to the Wall Street Journal this morning sociological studies are bearing out something that many experts have speculated, the aging baby boomers and more women are not looking to enter the job force anytime soon. “What use to be an overcrowded, competitive market is much less than now,” an economic analyst for the journals overnight radio show reported early this morning. This is something that evangelicals and missionaries, volunteers and pastors have been talking about for the last three years. “We found little support for the movements like Occupy primarily because there ministry needs that with a little business planning could be met by entrepreneurs,” one of the Breakthrough 52 leaders told DEE.
In Fiscal Year 2013, a nationwide group in major cities are creating jobs, industry and businesses at a rate of one a week. They equip and provide business opportunities and let the person being mentored write and execute a business plan in five areas. Evangelism and entrepreneurship is nothing new. The church has been equipping people in the financial industry, advertising and marketing, media/arts and culture, prayer, hospitality, and community building for years. “Missions work is needed on the local level and halfway across the world,” says the founder of the Word and Spirit movement in Colorado Springs. “We began the Convergence Leadership which helps equip pastors to reach out to their communities.” Breakthrough 52 has launched five businesses that are being researched and developed in advertising and communications, broadcasting, coffee roasting, and digital media. Entrepreneurship and evangelism, and Financial industries are taking flight as well. “We are looking to do so much more and really looking at the issues of unemployment, homelessness, and giving people fresh new starts while reaching out to people with special needs, urban ministries with Adverse City; and raising up new music publishing as well as digital publishing of studies in relational outreach.
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“There is plenty of money to fund great progress, there just needs to be a revolution of love, which has a good history of showing a return on investment,” says an elder at Ancient Paths Evangelical Free Church in Denver. This is a time when message, music and mission will be seen popping up all over the country and prove that “more ministry means more help for people who are either unemployed or under employed. The breakthrough’s right question this week is “Are there enough people in Denver to launch 52 industries and ministries to sustain the community?” We will keep an eye on this story.
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