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BE HEARD! – Call for Articles

This is to invite submissions for the second issue of “Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets.” Submission deadline is February 13, 2013.

The first issue of Exchange is available at www.edensbridge.org. We welcome a broad range of articles including book reviews, thought pieces (especially creative solutions or innovative thinking), opinion pieces, profiles of missional marketplace initiatives, individuals, companies, and mission agencies, or whatever is on your mind.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at davedoty@edensbridge.org.

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Send Me Away . . . Be One of the Forty

This is an appeal to readers of this blog and of Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets. The ministry of Eden’s Bridge, to be a point of connection and communication for marketplace Christians and marketplace ministries, is not a full time job (yet) but includes activities that have related costs. One such is my current involvement in the Lausanne Global Business-as-Mission Think Tank. The Think Tank Congress will convene in Chiang Mai, Thailand the last week of April, 2013. I have been active in (and hopefully significantly contributing to) in the Think Tank’s Advocacy and Mobilization Issue Group. I would very much like to attend the Congress to help finalize plans to reach out to engage increasing numbers of individuals and organizations in bringing the Gospel to the marketplace and especially among the unevangelized global poor.

To attend the Congress and to cover other incidental expenses of Eden’s Bridge, I need to raise $4,000 in the next eight to twelve weeks. That is just forty people or organizations committing to $100.oo (USD) each. Gifts can be made through my web site at https://edensbridge.org/support-edens-bridge-and-exchange-the-journal-of-mission-and-markets/ via PayPal or checks mailed to the ministry office at Eden’s Bridge, 991 Lancelot Drive, Norcross, GA 30071. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.

The Church is at the forefront of an amazing move of God in the marketplace, a coming movement acknowledged by many prominent evangelical leaders including the likes of Billy Graham. Eden’s Bridge, as a communications link within this movement has the opportunity to help a multitude of people expedite this movement by sharing information and helping push the envelope in missional initiatives and biblical thinking.

Would you please prayerfully consider being One of the Forty who facilitates Eden’s Bridge as we blast into 2013 for the cause of Christ?

I pray that you are well as you read this and that you have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous, godly New Year.

Shalom,

Dave Doty

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Eden’s Bridge: Ministry Activity

Friends –

First, I am excited to announce the pending release of the first issue of Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets. It will be made available in .pdf format right here at http://www.edensbridge.org in the next week or two. Unlike many journals which restrict contributions, Exchange will be an open forum for discussing leading edge ideas including articles by business practitioners, mission agency leaders, business-as-mission and economics scholars, pastors, and lay people. The focus is obviously on economic issues in mission work, but may include some surprises along the way.

I have just accepted a full time position to help a contractor raise funds for World Vision via child sponsorships. While I admire what World Vision does around the world, with this job I am able to compound the good we can accomplish. A considerable amount of the wages I will earn are committed to helping pay for a two week mission trip in April / May.

The first leg of the trip will take me to Chiang Mai, Thailand where I will participate in the Lausanne Global Business-as-Mission (BAM) Think Tank Congress, a gathering of more than 300 BAM leaders from dozens of agencies the world, the largest gathering of its kind in history. The aims of this Congress are information sharing of data and best practices, finalize global advocacy and mobilization programs, and design collaborative work and initiative strategies between agencies.

After four days in Thailand, I will journey on to Aurangabad, India for a working four-day visit with Life Light Ministries which operates an orphanage, two Christian schools (with many Hindu and Muslim students), a church planting team (now supporting nine local churches), and a street ministry to the poor and lepers. I serve on the Executive Board of Life Light as the Director of Staff and Organizational Development. I will be conferring with the staff leadership on long range strategic planning and the staff generally on job skills development.

While I can make a significant contribution to the costs of this trip and other Eden’s Bridge ministry costs of the coming year, I still need to raise about $4,000 by the end of February. Would you please prayerfully consider how you may be able to help? Gifts to Eden’s Bridge, Inc. may be mailed directly to me at 991 Lancelot Drive, Norcross, GA 30071, or given via PayPal to the davedoty@edensbridge.org email address.

As always, I also covet your prayers that our efforts, yours and mine together, will glorify God. Thank you. God bless you and I pray you have a Merry Christmas and fulfilling New Year.

Dave Doty

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Eden’s Bridge Incorporates // Introduces Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets

The time has come! Eden’s Bridge is now officially Eden’s Bridge, Inc., born out of the research and publication of Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission (© 2011, David B. Doty), which offers the first articulation of a biblically-based theology of the marketplace as an institution of God. (Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission is available in paperback HERE and Kindle HERE.)

About Eden’s Bridge, Inc.

Newly formed as a not-for-profit in the State of Georgia, US (November, 2012), Eden’s Bridge, Inc. is a research and publishing resource, and networking hub for marketplace ministries. Eden’s Bridge functions as a teaching ministry and an information brokerage focused on the theology of the marketplace and advancing God’s Kingdom through market mechanisms. The first act of Eden’s Bridge, Inc. will be the introduction of Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets. The first issue (Vol. 1, No. 1) will be freely distributed in .pdf format in December, 2012.

Tax deductible support for Eden’s Bridge or sponsorship for Exchange may be mailed to the Eden’s Bridge at 991 Lancelot Drive, Norcross, GA 30071 or contributed via the PayPal account of davedoty@edensbridge.org. Thank you for your support and please keep our ministry in prayer. Shalom, Dave Doty.

Vision statement

To see Christians in business glorify God in the marketplace, as living witnesses to the Good News of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

Mission Statement

To equip and send forth Christian business practitioners to glorify God and evangelize in the marketplace, to have them equip and send forth others, to produce after their own kind according to the order of creation and Christian discipleship, all toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Activities

Research

Publishing

Education & Training

Deployment

Ministry Goals

Theological discipleship

Agency mobilization

Entrepreneurial empowerment

Economic development

Kingdom (Gospel) witness

Church unity (ecumenism)

Products and Outcomes

Continuing research

Training materials development

Article and journal publishing

Seminars / conferences / summits

Virtual business schools

Business incubation partnering

Social venture capital fund

Social ventures

Consulting and coaching

Initiative partnering

Resource development

Online resource center

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Speaking Opportunities

I am seeking opportunities to speak to small groups of marketplace Christians and churches, with particular focus on the biblical theology of the marketplace developed in my book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission (see also my blog at http://www.edensbridge.org).

God is on the move in the marketplace worldwide: find out who, what, why, when, where, and how!

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Eden’s Bridge Ministry Launch

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. – Isaiah 40:31

Today, my strength has been renewed!

This is to let you know that the waiting has come to fruition. Most of you know that I have committed much of the last ten years to research and writing on the integration of faith and economics. This past January, Wipf & Stock Publishers released my book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission. Later that same month, God gave me a vision for the ministry that was to follow. Since then, I have waited for the right timing, listening to the Lord for His “now is the time.” That “now” came this morning while meeting with a new but very dear friend and brother in Christ, John Caldwell.

Now is the time to launch the Eden’s Bridge Business and Ministry Institute. The aim of the institute is to empower small businesses among the world’s poor through connecting them with the necessary resources to succeed. These necessary resources include knowledge even more than capital but the hope is to connect the church in developed economies and neighborhoods with those who need their helping hand. A big first step is pending as I will attend the Lausanne Global Business as Mission Think Tank North American Group meeting this coming Friday (08/24) here in Atlanta.

The first step is to incorporate as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit. To do so, I am requesting that you prayerfully consider contributing toward the $1,000.00 needed to file with the State of Georgia and the IRS. I am only asking for pledges toward that amount today such that, when I am ready to file, I can ensure the tax deductibility of your gift. That is when I will ask, in the coming weeks, for the fulfillment of your pledges.

Pledges can be made simply by emailing back to me.

Honestly, this is a day that I wondered if would ever come. Now I am rejuvenated and excited to move forward.

Thank you and may God bless you today in all that He has placed before you.

David B. Doty
Eden’s Bridge
859-621-3636
davedoty@edensbridge.org

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Eden’s Bridge – Radio Interview from 07/10/12

This interview aired on the Write Here Write Now radio program on Atlanta Business Radio X at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2012. Enjoy. I certainly welcome comments, questions, challenges.

Click here to hear the interview on Business Radio X.

Visit Write Here Write Now by clicking here. Let Dr. Tim Morrison know what you thought of the program.

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