Grace Chapel Marketplace Ministry
Grace Chapel’s Marketplace Ministry is one of the largest, most innovative marketplace ministries in the world! At the campus of Grace Chapel in Mason, Ohio, we host individual entrepreneur-owned small businesses, businesses that are integrated with the ministry of the Church.
In addition, Grace Chapel has also started a ministry called the ORCA Center, which involves a business accelerator, an incubator, as well as business seminars, training, and team building. There is office space within the ORCA Center for local entrepreneurs with the same heart and passion. Our goal is to use the funds generated by those initiatives to help fund other ministry opportunities.
“Biznistries blend the best of marketplace and ministry disciplines wherever they meet needs in the world.”
–Biznistry: Transforming Lives Through Enterprise by Jeff Greer and Chuck Proudfit
Click HERE to read an article featured in a leading ministry business magazine!
Self Sustaining Enterprises
SSE was born out of Grace Chapel’s passion for alternative ministry funding sources. Headquartered on the campus of Grace Chapel, SSE is dedication to using the free market as a means to fuel transformational ministry. It works like a venture capital organization to launch new businesses that provide gainful employment, valued services, and sustained funding for partner ministry organizations. Together our organizations attempt to systemically address poverty at a spiritual, emotional, and economic level around the world.
Learn more at selfsustainingenterprises.com
At Work On Purpose
The goal of SWAP is to encourage people to sacrifice what they want to ensure others have what they need. When a person SWAPs they are following the loving example of Jesus Christ who “swapped” His life for ours on the cross. – Jeff Greer
It’s as simple as this. You can S.W.A.P. a new outfit for a sewing machine which will help a woman start her own business and provide income for her family. You can S.W.A.P. a movie for a fruit tree or ice cream for a chicken. When a person S.W.A.P.s they are following the loving example of Jesus Christ who “swapped” His life for ours on the cross.
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.
– Isaiah 58:10
It is our desire to use S.W.A.P. to cultivate a culture of giving in our churches, in our communities and in our world. S.W.A.P. gifts should always be above and beyond a person’s regular giving. It should become a way of life not a special event. S.W.A.P. is not meant to benefit budgeted ministries in the church. It should be used as an outreach or missions tool.
The Idea Lab
Grace Chapel, through SSE, has invested in its own version of research & development on the high plateau. At our Oasis House property, we have initiated tests on poultry farming, aquaponics, and dry weather farming as we look for ways to improve yields in an area of virtual subsistence agriculture.
Our agriculture initiatives have focused on generating a year round yield in an area where the dry season limits traditional farming methods. Aquaponics is a technology which employs a circulating water system to raise fish and produce simultaneously. The waste from the fish feed the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish. Dry weather farming uses a more traditional approach but uses water from our wells in a manner that is far more conservative than typical farming methods.
The models will then serve as a learning center for those wishing to reapply these methods for homestead businesses of their own.
The poultry development work has now led to the start of a full-fledged cooperative program in the Kisayhip village. Currently eleven members of the village have started up poultry farms and organized themselves in such a way as to provide a constant supply of chickens for the Jos market. SSE helps provide the sales and distribution support to get the poultry to market and the expertise to assist farmers with problems they may encounter. The structure itself is a model we are evaluating for the future expansion of new business ventures into the village community.
Mason Food Pantry
The Mason Food Pantry is housed on our Grace Chapel Campus. For more information on the Mason Food Pantry go to www.masonfoodpantry.org.
Back2Back impacts the lives of children around the world. We exist to transform the lives of orphans and impoverished children in developing countries. Through our five-point Child Development Plan, we strive to provide holistic care to each child we serve, meeting spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.
Today, Back2Back provides care for today and hope for tomorrow to abandoned, orphaned and impoverished children in Mexico, Nigeria, India and Haiti. The care for today is accomplished in part through you, our ministry teams and partners, who visit year round and help provide basic necessities. Our staff stand back to back with the directors and national staff that serve daily in the children’s homes. We come alongside with physical, financial and human resources, encouragement, prayer, and training. We model Paul’s teaching “that we are delighted to share not only the gospel, but our lives as well.”
Visit Back2Back at www.Back2Back.org.