Significant Matters

Helping churches and faith-based organizations pursue their missional goals in ways that lead to self-sustaining solutions.

Sustainable Change and Church Missions


Over the past 13 years Significant Matters has worked with churches, individuals and various other organization both domestically and internationally to explore and develop more sustainable ways of doing good through the work of church missions. Though we still have a long way to go, we believe it’s possible to accelerate the learning curve in this arena through an initiative we have entitled SATtalks… it stands for Sustainability and Transformation Talks.

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SATtalks 2018

October 24-26

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Join us for SATtalks 2018 | October 24-26 | Kansas City

We need the stories of pioneers working with new models of church missions as a way to help us picture what could be.  You’ll be inspired and challenged by the speakers as well as the people you get to rub shoulders with over the three days.

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Why SATtalks

Next Steps for Your Church

Some of the world’s greatest social ills such as poverty, hunger, joblessness, and disease are still prevalent after decades of generous and sacrificial giving from caring people around the world. We have brought short-term relief and individual betterment to many of the world’s most vulnerable but the improvements are typically short-lived.  If we hope to see lasting change, we will have to change our ways.   More of the same methods will simply produce the same outcomes – improvements that are unsustainable and progress that won’t last. The Church needs a missional upgrade.

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Peer Learning Communities

Experience shows bringing the innovators of a new idea together in “Learning Communities” over an extended period of time will accelerate the learning curve for all.  The Missions 3.0 Peer Learning Community is a two-year Learning Community made up of teams of 4-6 people from 6-8 highly innovative churches working in some way on sustainable solutions through church missions. The basic assumption of the group is that there are no single experts on the matter, just some highly motivated people using “informed experimentation” to figure things out.  Click to learn more M3.0 Peer Learning Communities

Western North Carolina UMC – Peer Learning Community

Church Missions for the Business-Minded

It’s one thing to have a heart for the poor, it’s quite another to have a head for the poor.  We must have both.  A significant focus area for Significant Matters and the work of Missions 3.0 is on the business-minded people in the church.  It is this group that brings expertise and experience for things like “Business as Mission,” Impact Investing and the overall idea of sustainable solutions.  Church missions can’t do this without them.  We can help your church learn how to create the space and opportunities to unleash this much needed resource through your church missions.  Here are just a few of the SATtalks focused on the business-minded.

Get a copy of our latest Whitepaper:  Economic Missionaries, Impact Investing and Innovation with the Business-Minded

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Who We Are

Significant Matters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists to help churches and other faith-based organizations explore and create sustainable solutions through church missions.

Please consider supporting the work of Significant Matters. All gifts are tax-deductible.


BLOG – Do We Really Believe the Problems of Poverty CAN be Solved?  | by Tom Bassford

BLOG – Engaging Communities to Chart their own Future | by Grace Dyrness

BLOG The Calculus of Compassion  | by Tom Bassford

BLOG – Do you have the courage to evaluate? | by Krista Petty

BLOG – Millennials and Missions – Not Your Traditional Approach | Part 1… | by Tom Bassford

BLOG – Lets Get to Work:  Taking the frustration out of marketplace and ministry collaboration.  by Tom Bassford & Grady Hawley

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