Our mission is to advance sustainable solutions to material poverty through the faith-driven community.

We do this by working with faith-driven individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations to pursue and promote sustainable and transformative solutions for people and communities fighting poverty and seeking a better future.  All as an expression of our love for God and neighbor.

Rethinking Missions for the 21st Century

In this day and age, many see the church as the hope of the world only as it “proves” itself in practical ways that touch the everyday needs of everyday people in everyday ways.  But that’s not a cry for more traditional forms of charity or the missionary model of the past 200 years.  Instead, thoughtful people, from Millennials to Boomers, are looking for churches that have moved from simply doing good things to solving real problems in lasting ways.

Significant Matters Launching Equity-Based Crowdfunding Portal For the Faith-Driven Community

What exactly is equity-based crowdfunding?

No doubt you have heard the term “crowdfunding” before, generally in reference to something like a Kickstarter campaign or a GoFundMe page. At its most basic level, crowdfunding is about raising small sums of money from a large group of people… a crowd!

Equity crowdfunding uses this same basic model, but instead of trying to raise donated dollars its aim is to raise investment dollars.  You are not making a donation but rather an investment in which you will receive a percentage of ownership or some kind of other financial stake in the company with the possibility to earn a return on your investment.

Significant Matters is currently building an online portal and going through the SEC/FINRA approval process to open a Reg CF Crowdfunding Portal to serve the faith-driven community.  Our motive is to help Business as Mission (BAM) companies, Faith-Driven Entrepreneurs and SaT Corps raise capital from individuals and churches for businesses that advance the gospel and serve the marginalized.     More details coming soon.

 

Overview of Crowdfunding

Short Tutorial on Reg CF

This isn’t “donation-based” fund raising, it’s equity/debt-based investment and it’s regulated by the SEC.  For a short 10-minute tutorial on the difference click HERE.

Missions for the Business Minded

Jeff Coffey joins staff of Significant Matters as Director of Business Engagement

Significant Matters is excited to welcome Jeff Coffey as our new Director of Business Engagement.  Jeff and his wife Lori grew up in churches that placed a high value on the work of missionaries.  From early on they were taught, “You can serve God or you can get a job and write a check for those who do.” So, they did what good missionary-minded kids do; they graduated Bible College then headed out to the mission field to serve God.  In their case, it was an Indian reservation in British Columbia.   Today they run Zoe Angling Group a Quad Bottom Line Company that provides real and lasting solutions for women exploited through human trafficking around the world.   The journey from that Indian Reservation in British Columbia to the cities in SE Asia where Fair Flies is working has required a complete and total rethinking of the traditional secular/sacred divide that has defined missions for the past 200 years. 

 

If you would like to know more about Jeff, Zoe Angling Group and Fair Flies watch his SaTtalk video above.

Other voices demonstrating business and mission can co-exist.

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Economic Missionaries, Impact Investing and Innovation with the Business-Minded

The big story of community and spiritual transformation as well as poverty alleviation around the world could be sitting in church pews today. Could the most effective way for the church to alleviate poverty be to equip and release business people, equip economic missionaries and participate in impact investing, leading to job creation and human flourishing? Meet some of the innovators from SaTtalks wrestling with how to make a bigger spiritual and economic impact in the world and how the local church can be better equipped to lead the way.

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How We Can Help Your Church

Mssions 3.0 is a framework for doing missions in the 21st Century in which the end goal is all about lasting change.  How can church missions become a catalyst for lasting, self-sustaining change for people caught in material poverty?  Missions 3.0 gives a church a UNIFYING FRAMEWORK and a COMMON LANGUAGE upon which to build a SHARED VISION for missions.  It is our experience that as a church becomes more adept at this kind of mission work it becomes more relevant and credible to its own community, more fulfilling to both pastor and people and more genuine and appealing to those on the margins looking for a reason to attend a church.

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Through my work, I come into contact with a lot of churches who understand the ‘Toxic Charity’ message, and  are ready to move beyond it. What they need now are positive, actionable models. Significant Matters and its various initiatives can help equip those same churches with what they need to take the next step.

Andrew Vanderput | PovertyCure/Acton Institute

SATtalks:  A Library of Over 60 Free Videos

SATtalks is a yearly gathering where we film our presenters before a live-audience, provide training and connect churches to an international network of peers, partners and resources committed to moving missions beyond traditional charity and short-term fixes.  It’s a chance to expose key leaders in the church to these ideas and rub shoulders with other like-minded people.  We also do a one-day version called SAT@(the name of your city) designed to be a catalyst for bringing your community together around this type of mission.

See all the videos here – SATtalks YouTube

Free Webinars – “Voices From the Frontlines” 

Voices From the Frontlines is an initiative of Significant Matters in partnership with ministries on the frontlines working with churches to serve the poor and vulnerable in dignified, effective and sustainable ways.  It’s a chance to enter into a meaningful conversation with seasoned practitioners on the frontlines and hear them answer the question, “What do you need the most from the American Church?”

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See previous Voices From the Frontlines webinars on our SATtalks YouTube Channel.

 

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We would appreciate your support.  You can send checks to: Significant Matters | 12480 S Black Bob Rd | Olathe, KS | 66062 or give online through the link below.  Significant Matters is duly recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.

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