Here is a brief description of what the team I lead is and what we are trying to create.
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men…” – Colossians 3:23 HCSB (EA Business Development theme verse).
The Business Development Team exists to help Envision Atlanta reach its goal of becoming more sustainable. We do this by creating workspaces that not only help fund the mission but also:
- Provide a livable wage,
- Function as discipleship platforms,
- And allow leaders to rise and be developed.
We believe that every person who follows Christ is called to be a missionary regardless of where they work or the vocation that they serve. This means that those who are called to the Clergy and to Missions have no higher call than those of the Congregation. Every believer in Jesus is responsible for the missions field that they are in! This attitude allows every job to be dedicated to God and therefore Holy calling.
As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts (Proud to be a Window Cleaner), the first workspace we’ve created is a window cleaning company: EA Development and Services, LLC. A large portion of my time with Envision Atlanta has been spent building this company and growing the customer base. By the end of summer 2018, we hope to bring our first employee on to the EA Dev and Serve team.
In December of 2017, another person joined Envision Atlanta as part of the Business Development Team. She is heading up our Thrift Store initiative and is doing an amazing job. The thrift store has already started taking donations and we are excited to be releasing more details in the near future. It has been a privilege getting to advise and oversee this project and I can’t wait to see its potential turn into reality.
There are also many administrative duties I have for the site but I won’t bore you with those. If you have any questions about Envision Atlanta please stop by our website: www.envisionatlanta.org
Brian and his wife Anna serve in the metro Atlanta area, home to people from more than 761 different people groups. They work with refugees and urban poor with Envision Atlanta. Brian has helped Envision Atlanta start two businesses, a window cleaning company, and a mobile thrift store. One of the goals of each business is to provide job training and livable wages to its workers. In October of 2018, Alazne Grace was officially adopted into the Baldwin home. Brian and Anna are required to raise their own support to pay their salary and would love to expand their monthly supporters. You can give here. Envision is part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and your gifts are all tax deductible. Every gift is valuable for advancing the work being done. You can also sign up for Brian and Anna’s newsletter here (outside link FYI).