Everyone CAN Craft is an idea developed by the same person who set up Kingdom Business Development Limited. The aim of Kingdom Business Development Limited is to set up and support others who are setting up

  • healthcare projects
  • supervisory care projects
  • management projects

I must admit that until I took that list down as divine dictation I had never heard the term supervisory care. I had always thought of supervisors keeping tabs on the carers and being a resource for them. I tried googling it and found the term was used by our cousins across the Atlantic for people who need additional support. The sort of additional support you would expect to find in sheltered housing rather than in a residential care home.

It was set up by the author of The Manifesto that is NOT for Wimps. This book is a call for churches to do more to meet the needs of the community and recognises that one of the constraints for doing more is the charitable nature of much of their activity. Charities are limited by donations and volunteer’s time. It proposes that the best way of overcoming those constraints is to use a business structure and to operate as a business rather than a charity.

A business or a church?

A business pays their staff so that people can work for them and still have the money they need to pay their own bills. When you pay people you are not dependent upon people who are supported by their spouse or are pensioners. This means it is possible to have a more diverse staff, including a wider spread of ages rather than those who have taken retirement.

There is room for projects that are not pure business as we know it. I have bought access to recordings from a business and then found that those recordings including prayers and even communion. The head of that business had served as the minister of a church but had handed in their credentials many years earlier. The aim of that business was to help people escape difficult circumstances and they gave away more of their recordings than they sold. However, they sold enough of them that they were able to pay their expenses and employ a handful of staff. Many of their methods of helping people were based on ideas taken from the Bible.

The government looked at them and saw what they were doing and treated them like a business. The people they helped looked at them as though they were helping them in a way they would expect to be helped in a church even though it was a business rather than a church. They called it a hybrid business.

This is an example of the sort of business that Kingdom Business Development would like to see more of. If you want to know more a good starting point would be The Manifesto that is NOT for Wimps.

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