In our fast-paced, largely secular world, it’s more important than ever to go out to where the people are living and working, to enter their world in an authentic way. This is what Encompass’ Transformation Works Network is all about—people intentionally living out their faith in word and deed, using their talents to fulfill a need in the community and provide a platform for sharing the gospel.
Members of the Transformation Works Network engage their communities in the areas of business, education, healthcare, and justice for the purpose of transforming lives through gospel witness. Whether it’s through a coffee shop in Bangkok, an Alpine Lodge in Japan, a conference center in France, or a clinic in Chad, Transformation Works Network members are strategic and passionate about using their vocation to spread the love of Jesus.
The goal of the Transformation Works Network is to advance the gospel through relevant social action in a way that is financially sustainable and environmentally responsible. Members do this by building authentic relationships, being transparent in their intentions, and living compelling lives that make non-Christians ask what’s different about them.
Network member Jack* describes the organic nature of the Transformation Works Network approach: “Network members, in many ways, are the first engagers of culture and community.” Natural bridges are built between Christians and their non-believing neighbors as members identify a need in their community and find a way to meet it. A safe space is created, where honest questions can be asked in the context of genuine relationships, while at the same time a felt need is being met. It’s about engaging the whole person, seeing them as a unique individual of immense value.
Not only is the Transformation Works Network a strategic way to reach people who may never set foot in a church, but it also allows members to use the full range of their talents. Expertise in leading a ropes course becomes an opportunity to impact guests at the Northstar Alpine Lodge in Japan. The ability to brew the perfect cup of coffee and run a small business creates the opportunity to have meaningful conversation with people from all walks of life at a coffee shop in Southeast Asia. Market research and accounting skills help build a business in Central Asia.
Business ventures like these need support, and that is what the Transformation Works Network provides. Jack measures the success of the movement by whether “all network members are continually investing their talents, skills, and expertise in order for other networks and their members to have access.” Members are able to share opportunities and ideas with one another as well as access strategists, consultants, and experienced leaders in their field.
Encompass’ Transformation Works Network is doing important work around the world, but they can do even more with the help of people like you.
The Transformation Works Network is looking for:
- Entrepreneurs and managers who are skilled in a trade or craft they might be willing to pursue overseas.
- Educators who want to use their passion to be bi-vocational teachers and administrators.
- Experienced business men and women who can help mentor and coach.
- Investors and venture capitalists who can fund new projects.
- Most of all, we need the prayers of God’s people to help us continue in our mission to creatively and intentionally invest in God’s call.
Whatever your talent and life experience, if you have a heart to reach others with the love of Jesus, we can help you find a place to use what you’ve been given to answer God’s call to make disciples of all nations.
If you’d like to learn more about the work of Transformation Works Network, take a look at these resources:
*Names changed for security reasons.