Can Business Be Mission? How Everyday Followers of Christ can Influence Businesses for Mission

with Chris Houston

Businesses, we buy from them, work for them, invest in them, sell to them. For decades, most businesses have been focused on only one thing, profit. That is changing. More and more, customers, employees and now investors and clients are asking businesses to make things happen for the good of others, and not just make money for themselves. As followers of Jesus, we can help steer them in ways of justice, good stewardship, and even grace. This is not the time for a silent Church! This course will help participants learn how we can influence businesses towards creation stewardship, care for others, and justice for all.

What You’ll Learn

This course will help you explore the relationship between mission and bussiness by:

  • Exploring the opportunities for missional business activity,
  • Examining businesses focused on the common good,
  • Discussing the role of businesses in our everyday lives, as well as our role in the marketplace,
  • Asking how we can motivate businesses towards missionality

How It Works

Join our instructor, Chris Houston, and an engaged learning community of fellow leaders and missional practitioners live online and in online forums.

  • Participate in six two-hour sessions with Chris and the learning community. 
    The learning community will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7:00p – 9:00p, January 10 – February 14, 2023.
  • Practice in your context. 
    During the course you will be encouraged to apply your learning in your context in order to deepen your understanding.
  • Reflect within the learning community. 
    Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself. You will use the online forums between sessions and break-out sessions within learning community gatherings to further integrate your learning.

Meet the Teacher-Practitioner

Chris Houston

Chris Houston is a business consultant who helps his clients bring about fundamental change in the organizations they lead. He brings a creative mind and a caring heart to his clients and the issues of business strategy, leadership development, organization design and change management.

Chris loves the intricate and often intensely personal process of helping leaders and their organizations grow and thrive, even in extremely challenging conditions. Chris sits on the Steering Committee of the Niagara School for Missional Leadership and brings to the school his passion for developing fellow Christians towards integrating their faith with their everyday lives in missional ways. Chris holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School in London Ontario.