Business + Missions
A multiplication of small businesses as a means of market-place ministry while offering Christ-exalting community to the world.
The goal is to be the salt in different communities by sharing and living out our faith in Jesus Christ and the hope and love we have in him. Through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, the objective is that small groups and later churches are established.
These are BIMs that support church planting teams by providing:
1. A sustainable financial support.
2. A means of contact in a new community that helps the team quickly build relationships and share the Gospel
3. Practical facilities for people to gather, and plant a church.
The goals of a BIM
Community Development. This allows church planters to build relationships and share the Gospel to accomplish the ultimate goal, to establish churches and bring glory to God.
Duplicable BIM concepts that can be established in other cities, regions & countries.
Create healthy self-sustaining businesses which will support the primary goal. It's important that this third goal never becomes the primary one because this will defeat the purpose of what we really want to achieve. The profit that a BIM generates is to start and support new church planting projects.
A BIM in action
NARROW GATE COFFEE
Narrow Gate Coffee
We are working toward starting a co-op coffee shop in Cologne, Germany. The goal of this coffee shop is to establish a public presence in the community, share the Gospel, and give opportunity for training and employment for those who will go through the Aquila Institute. The long-term goal is to create a reproducible model which can be taken to other cities/towns where church planting teams can get established.
The co-op aspect of this coffee shop is a co-working space for small start-ups and freelancers who rent office or desk space in a fully functional office. This affords us opportunity to live out our faith in Christ on the work floor, networking small businesses and having a greater influence of christian work ethics.
Fresh Drip Coffee