A Focus on Baptism
Jun 22 2017

A Focus on Baptism

Four years ago, as I was sitting at the O2 Conference (then called the wiki conference), I was struck as speaker and founder of FiveTwo, Bill Woolsey spoke about baptisms.  He stated that his church always had goals for baptisms, and prayed that God would use them to baptize 10% of their average weekend service attendance. 

This launched a conversation around our Leadership Team about our baptismal prayer to the Lord each year. We too, boldly pray that we will be able to baptize at least 10% of our attendance at weekend services.  But, we also then began to pray as Lutheran’s that 10% of all our baptisms each year would be adults. 

Read More By Greg Griffith, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church & School-Macomb, MI in Community Development
The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community
Jun 15 2017

The Critical Step of Partnering with Your Community

When we teach the Business Model Canvas process in our incubator, we stress how the “Partners” box is one of the three most important boxes.  Why? Because we believe in the power of team, because we believe your cause ought to be bigger than just you, and because your Kingdom impact is multiplied when you partner with others outside of your organization.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups
Clarify Your Why
Jun 1 2017

Clarify Your Why

A friend recently asked me, “Why did you launch the StartNew Fund?”

Whenever someone tells me about a startup they want to launch, I always ask “Why?”

“Why the new church in that section of downtown?” “Why the socially-conscious restaurant employing men released from prison?” “Why the city-wide effort to reach those far from God in the east valley?”  Tell me why.

I’m listening for passion and the story behind the passion.  I’m listening for history and mystery.  I want to hear about the grandmother or brother whose life so impacted yours that you are now compelled to reverberate into the community.

I need to hear about your past performance and success in ventures gone by – the larger the undertaking the more numerous and necessary the past experiences.

But at the heart of the effort I want to hear the why behind the heart.  Tell me why.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network
Coffee & Worship in Michigan
May 24 2017

Coffee & Worship in Michigan

What would it be like to have to drive 2 hours to get to church?  Would you make it every Sunday? Now, add 5 feet of snow to your drive.  Would you be in the pew?  That drive is what faced many Lutheran’s in St. Ignace, MI.  It was that drive, or meeting in a local hotel conference room.  

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Christian Entrepreneurs
Lowering the Infant Mortality Rate in Detroit 1 Baby at a Time
May 17 2017

Lowering the Infant Mortality Rate in Detroit 1 Baby at a Time

"But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. "  Isaiah 64:8

The City of Detroit and the State of Michigan have significantly higher infant mortality rates than the nation as a whole (19.9 per 1,000 live births compared to a national average of 6.6). One of the contributing causes to the high infant mortality rate is the lack of prenatal instruction and care in underserved communities.  Answering this need is The Luke Project 52 Clinic

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs
My Name is B.
May 11 2017

My Name is B.

OUTREACH REPORT-Elli's House 313
"We saw another young girl walking on the side streets. When we approached her, she immediately put her hands up, and said she didn't want anything from us. She appeared very nervous and was always looking over her shoulder. A man pulled up in a vehicle, beeped at her, and she immediately left our vehicle. About 10 minutes later, she saw us driving, and waved us down. She told us she could take the food now. We gave her a coat, food, and hygiene items. I asked what her name was, and she wouldn't tell me. When we drove away, I told her "Jesus loves you." She looked back at us and said, "My name is B."

Read More By Amanda Herr, Marketing & Communications Director, FiveTwo Network in Community Development, Christian Entrepreneurs
A Big Goal for New Start-Ups
May 2 2017

A Big Goal for New Start-Ups

As the culture grows farther and farther away from the established church in America, more and more communities find themselves with little to no sign of the presence of Jesus. 

At FiveTwo Network, we invest in men and women entrepreneurs who want to connect more people to Jesus and His local church through the launching of new start-ups.  Women and men Christian leaders who are starting new expressions of the Gospel. 

These leaders are wired to start.  They start businesses, non-profits, book clubs, and sports leagues.  They start homeless shelters, prenatal clinics and pet clinics.  They re-start 70-year-old congregations to focus on young families and re-plant former multi-sites into stand-alone ministries. 

Donate to the StartNew Fund today! www.fivetwo.com/#donate. Choose "FiveTwo Day Celebration" in the drop-down menu.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs
Five Q’s To Begin To Discover Your Unique Christian Identity
Apr 27 2017

Five Q’s To Begin To Discover Your Unique Christian Identity

Just how different are the answers to these two questions: Who are you? And, What do you do?

Think about that for a minute. What’s really the difference?

While one speaks to your nature, the reality is that when you know your identity, what you do flows more easily and naturally. And if you know Jesus, well, you are who you are because of Jesus. And you do what you do because of Jesus.

Do you know the specific What you should be doing that flows from the Who you are?  Do you know your unique Jesus identity?

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs
Easter Courage
Apr 19 2017

Easter Courage

Courage is a limited commodity. Limited in the sense that one doesn’t see it in wide use. 

As others have said, courage is not the absence of fear but rather action in the face of fear.

Have you ever considered where courage comes from? 

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Christian Entrepreneurs