The Criterion team hosts monthly calls to support the 1k journey. The calls are hosted by Rev. Phyllis Anderson and are informal in nature. The ambition of these calls is to bring those interested, those that have participated, or those that are participating to come together to share insight, ask questions, and support each other on this journey. If you have not yet started, we welcome you into the conversation so that you might be inspired by the experience of others.

There is no need to RSVP, you are very welcome to just join us at the appropriate time and date by dialing 641.715.0875 using participant code 324443.

Call schedule 

August 23, Wednesday, 11:00-12:00 AM ET

September 21, Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM ET

October 20, Friday, 4:00-5:00 PM  ET

November 20, Mon 6:00 -7:00 PM ET

December 12, Tuesday 11:00 AM -12:00 noon ET

January 17, Wednesday 4:00 -5:00 PM ET

February 22, Thursday 3:00 -4:00 PM ET

More details:

1K Churches invites congregations to discover God’s economy through Bible study and discussion and through the simple action of investing in one small business that is going good in your community. For many churches this is unfamiliar territory. It would be nice, people say, to talk to people from a congregation that has already done it. It would help if we knew there was someone who could help us with our questions, if we knew where to go if we got stuck, if we had a place to share what we are discovering as we venture into the real economy where we live.

So let’s talk! Criterion invites you to dial into our monthly 1K Churches conference call. This is an informal opportunity to hear what other congregations are doing, to ask your questions, to share your story. It is a way for you to engage more deeply, to learn from the experience of others and to receive encouragement and support.

Your host on the call will be Rev. Phyllis Anderson, a member of the Criterion Institute staff focused on the 1k Churches program. She will assist in connecting you to others on the line and sharing your questions and experiences as you learn from one another. She has helped to develop many of the 1K Churches resources. She has been engaged with many congregations over the last three years and has learned from their triumphs and missteps. She participated personally in the process from beginning to end in the congregation she belongs to in Napa, California. She is a good listener and will welcome you as fellow travelers on this journey.

These monthly calls are open to folks on the whole spectrum from interested, to getting organized, to engaging the Bible study, to making the loan, to walking with your your loan recipient through repayment and beyond, to reflecting on your experiencing and wondering where it will take you next. Even if you finished the process months or years ago, we’d love the hear from you and for you to share your wisdom with others at other points along the way.

If you can’t make the scheduled time, but would like to talk to someone about what you are doing or planning to do with 1K Churches, contact Rev. Anderson directly at to set up a time. Let’s talk.


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