Why be enterprising? Entrepreneurial impacts for churches

Why be enterprising? Entrepreneurial impacts for churches

Thursday 1 October 2020, 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Register for a zoom invite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-be-enterprising-entrepreneurial-impacts-for-churches-tickets-118522350541

This workshop is about sharing experiences of enterprise through stories and tips from practitioners.

Richard Frazer (Greyfriars Kirk) will explore how church and commerce can be realigned to generate finance while creatively extending mission with Jaime Edwards-Acton (Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church Hollywood), Catherine Jones (Grassmarket Community Project), David Neita (Entrepreneur) and Stephen Norrish (Milton Keynes Christian Foundation).

Richard Frazer has been minister at Greyfriars Kirk, (Church of Scotland) www.greyfriarskirk.com since 2003. During that time, he has founded the Grassmarket Community Project www.grassmarket.org that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable adults and has also established the Greyfriars Charteris Centre, www.charteriscentre.com a place for wellbeing, social enterprise and building community, which has strong links to Edinburgh University.

Jaime Edwards-Acton has been Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hollywood, California, for 21 years. St. Stephen’s is a vibrant, bilingual, multicultural congregation in the heart of Hollywood. He is also Priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas in Northeast Los Angeles, a church re-start after having completely closed down for two years. Jaime is also Executive Director of Jubilee Consortium, a non-profit promoting leadership, service and social enterprise in Los Angeles. Jaime is founder of Episcopal Enterprises whose aim is to teach Episcopal churches and other faith communities about how to develop social enterprises. He approaches social enterprise through a social justice lens, helping less-resourced churches to develop earned-income strategies for more impactful ministry in a stewardship-based church economy that is inherently inequitable.

Catherine Jones is Catering and Social Enterprise Manager for the Grassmarket Community Project. Through mentoring, social enterprise, training and education in a nurturing environment, the Grassmarket Community Project develops skills which enable participants to develop to their full potential and move away from cycles of failure.

David Neita is an entrepreneur with a special expertise in public speaking and group facilitation. He is a lawyer with expertise in human rights and is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative social justice practitioners in London. He is also a published spoken word poet who has performed and led poetry workshops for a range of groups. David also runs a project that employs poetry as a vehicle for expression for users and carers within mental health services

Stephen Norrish is a Sector Minister working in Milton Keynes and Director of MK Christian Foundation. This local charity is growing eight social enterprises that have the dual purpose of: doing business in ways that promote the 'common good' by developing solutions to locally identified environmental, health and social issues; and offering work experience and training for young people struggling with education and employment.