Recently Read: The wetlands where church and social ventures meet

Mike Baughman, a frequent contributor here at the United Methodist Reporter, shares thoughts on the church’s impact on social change after visiting the Social Capital Markets Conference in “The Wetlands Where Church and Social Ventures Meet“.

..I found inspiration, hope and God at work beyond the walls of the church. I found fertile ground that the church has yet to engage. More accurately, I discovered ground that the church once owned but abandoned and now must work to reclaim.

Mike caught up with Princeton Theological Seminary Professor, and United Methodist, Kenda Creasy Dean at the conference as well. Her motivations for attending the conference were slightly different.

“I want to equip them for this kind of work,” she said.

Dean said that she had recently written Jeffrey Sachs, the author of “The End of Poverty,” to ask why he didn’t view churches as possible leverage points for ending poverty.

She never heard from him — and wasn’t surprised.

“If I were to guess, the answer is that there’s simply not much compelling evidence that churches in the last 50 years are all that interested in social impact,” Dean said.

Churches do a lot to alleviate local suffering, Dean said, but she has come to realize that “it’s the government and economic policies, not the gospel, that have been responsible for the planet’s most dramatic improvements in the people’s quality of life.”

Read more of Mike Baughman’s insights at The Wetlands Where Church and Social Ventures Meet

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