A New Day for Church Missions

You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for life…as the saying goes. Historically, church missions has led the way in selflessly giving fish away to people less fortunate. But today’s world is crying for new approaches to tackling societal problems and the effects of poverty. Significant Matters believes the church and other faith-based groups can play a key role in creating and leading new approaches to what it means to “teach a man to fish.”


Let Us Help Your Church Move Missions from Short-term Relief to Sustainable Development

Global Warming THE BIG IDEA: How can we pursue our missional goals in ways that lead to healthy, disciple-making churches within self-sustaining communities where basic needs are being met without relying on charitable resources and where the community itself has the ability to provide its members with the ongoing means and opportunities to achieve their full potential?


Watch this video about the “four buckets” of Church Missions, the tensions that exists between them and what it’s going to take to move missions forward in the 21st Century.

Missional leadership in the past has been able to focus and define missions through one or two of these buckets. But today missions is experiencing an ongoing struggle between these four buckets trying to understand, serve, fund, measure and balance each one against the needs and demands of the other three. In the future, it will not be enough to simply manage and mitigate the different needs between these four components; we must understand, lead, evaluate and integrate all four into an overall comprehensive missional strategy.

You can download a brief whitepaper on this talk here –Sustainability & Missions-Framing the Conversation


Services We Offer for Churches:

Conferences and Workshops (Sample)

  • Church Missions and Sustainable Development
  • The Future of What We Call “Missions”
  • Defining “Development” and “Sustainability”
  • Marketplace & Ministry Leaders Working Together
  • Business as Mission – The New “Lampstand” of Church Missions
  • Collaboration as a Noun; Churches Working Together to Create Change
  • Understanding The Continuum” of Emergency Relief – Individual Betterment – Community Development
  • Missional Maturity; A Journey from Benevolent Narcissism to Redemptive Entanglement

Consulting Services

  • Missions Upgrade: Moving Missions From Emergency Relief to Sustainable Development
  • Evaluating Partnerships
  • Structures and Strategies for City-wide, Church-based Collaborative Efforts

Contact Us

If you would like Significant Matters to speak at your event, work with your church or help a city-wide effort create structures and strategies for the church to help tackle complex societal issues in sustainable ways contact us at info@significantmatters.com or call 816-419-3291.

Our Speakers

Our speakers and consultants come from a wide array of church, business and academia with a firm conviction that the whole church, sharing the whole gospel and serving the whole person can be the hope of the world both in the here and now and the hereafter.