Voices From the Frontlines

Join Us For A Series of Webinars Exploring How the American Church Can Help in the Wake of Covid-19

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.  Tom Bassford, President of Significant Matters and creator of SATtalks, facilitates these conversations with global practitioners on how the North American church can do better at caring for the poor and vulnerable around the corner and around the world.

“The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty – erasing much of the recent progress made in poverty alleviation.”   

– The World Bank

August 13 | 11AM CST

How the American Church Can Serve the Homeless of Their Communities in the Wake of Covid-19. | Featuring Watered Gardens & City Mission of Schenectady

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While we are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 the homeless are paying an especially high price and the ministries that serve them are stretched beyond imagination.  In a recent poll by Barna only 2% of churches polled said they were trying to mobilize people and resources to serve the vulnerable of their communities.  While this pandemic may create a lot of uncertainty about how we do church on a weekly basis we can’t lose sight of our role and responsibility to be engaged with the homeless and poor relationally, responsibly, and compassionately.   Hear what those on the frontlines need most from the America church.

Learn more about our presenters through their SATtalks videos below.

Introduction to Missions 3.0

August 20 | 11AM CST

Missions 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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Churches go through a natural progression that begins with giving money (Missions 1.0) to worthy causes followed by the desire to get personally involved through volunteerism (Missions 2.0).  But, in time, every church begins to ask the question, “Are we making a difference that will last?” (Missions 3.0)

The work of Missions 3.0 is so critical in helping churches understand how to be better partners to ministries like ours that are trying to create sustainable solutions.  We can’t do this without the local church!

Cheryl Cuthbertson | Director of Sustainability & Partner Development, Children of the Nations Intl