What Does God’s Economy Look Like?
What 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 )
Investment Pathway Implementation Guides
Angel Investment Pathway
Public Witness Pathway
- Bigger Than You Think: The Economic Impact of Microbusiness in the United States, prepared by AEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
- In Search of Solid Ground: Understanding the Financial Vulnerabilities of Microbusiness Owners, prepared in 2014 by CFED, the Corporation for Enterprise Development
- Service of Blessing for the Granting and Receiving of a Loan
- Service of Thanksgiving and Reconciliation
- Sample Announcement Flier
- Sample Invitation Postcard
- Sample Invitation Response Form
- Investment Education Document