Has hope been missing from your conversations and thoughts? Many of us have been watching helplessly as the markets and our financial net worth slide south, politicians scramble to cope, and acts of malfeasance flash across news screens. Seeking “A Reason for Hope,” 150 people congregated at the 2009 Entrepreneurship Forum on Saturday, April 4 around that theme, based on Hebrews 10:23-24, to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” The Forum is the fourth annual gathering of those committed to a vision of faithful, gospel entrepreneurship in all areas of marketplace and cultural renewal.
The Forum gathers thought leaders, entrepreneurs, consultants, and investors to collaborate on supporting innovative entrepreneurship within the church body. As word has spread over the past three years, attendance has doubled. This year attracted 50 out of town “investors” representing 11 states and 1 Canadian province, who came to learn more about Redeemer’s Entrepreneurship Initiative with the hope of creating some version of it in their home churches. We expect fu-ture Forums to bring together gospel-centered entrepreneurs and investors from churches around the globe.
This year, the Forum’s speakers included: Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making, who drew our focus to Eden as the first entrepreneurial incubator, with an abundance of resources, risk-taking hu-mans, and the mandate to create culture. Steve Bell, our keynote speaker, founded Pacific Crest Industries, a custom cabinet manufacturing company. Their tagline is “a company with a conscience” and their mission is to honor God through delivering high quality products.