Where mercy and justice meet


A strong economy can make a massive difference to our communities and when business is used for good, it is of huge benefit to society as a whole, particularly in terms of providing employment and training. There are Christian business people across Britain who want to use their businesses for the good of their local communities, as well as churches with buildings, coffee shops and other enterprises that can be used to bless those around them. Social enterprises are a growing, worldwide movement of businesses that exist to change the world for the better: a social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make money like all successful businesses, but they are not motivated by profit but by investing for the benefit of society. They might do this by giving jobs to people who have struggled for a long time to find employment, by creating employment for those who are otherwise unlikely to get a job, or by investing their profits into projects that help the most vulnerable in their communities. If you’re a Christian business person, perhaps you can use your business for good directly, or by investing in church-based community projects. But if you don’t have a business, you can still support those who are running social enterprises.

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