The Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton
Social Enterprise, as defined by Betsy Densmore, founder of the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship, is a venture that advances a social mission through entrepreneurial earned income strategies. (“Purpose over Profit.”) Earned income can come from revenues generated from the sale of products and/or services, or a strategic alliance between a for-profit company and a for benefit organization. Social enterprise is not a new concept for the church, but my experience is that it is an under-utilized and under-appreciated one. If the idea of creating ministries and churches (of any size) that are more impactful and sustainable is something that interests you, I invite you to come and explore the possibilities and opportunities that social enterprise has to offer.
The Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton is rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Hollywood; executive director of Hope in Hollywood; and convenor of Episcopal Enterprises.