What Does God’s Economy Look Like?

1K Churches LogoWhat if you could go through a process of exploring the Bible to answer this question within your church?

Now imagine sharing this experience with 999 other congregations across the U.S., congregations of different sizes, backgrounds, and denominations.

1K Churches does just that, as a movement of churches seeking to build economic relationships that reflect what we believe God’s economy to be.

What is 1K Churches?

The 1K Churches Campaign, announced July 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative, aims to galvanize a movement in the faith-based community and engage local churches across the United States to use their assets to strengthen local economies.

The idea is powerful: a movement of churches seeking to form faithful economic relationships with local small businesses. The goal is to inspire and equip congregations to invest in  in their local communities, building just, faithful, and transformative economic relationships between churches and their communities that reflect what we believe God’s economy to be.

1K Churches is an ecumenical Christian initiative to build a base of congregations and individuals committed to discovering God’s Economy and transforming our own. A congregation or small group becomes engaged by starting a process of Bible study and discernment that helps participants see new ways to connect faith with the economy, finance, and justice in their local communities. The Bible study ends in action, with the group choosing to make a small loan to a small business in their community in support of a mission concern of the congregation. For some, this will be a transformative experience, giving them courage and confidence to become more active, informed, and faithful actors in shaping the economy over time to more closely resemble God’s economy.

We hope you will join us. To learn more, contact Dr. Phyllis Anderson at panderson@criterioninstitute.org.

If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. (Deuteronomy 15:7-8 )


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