12 episodes

The Missional Marketplace Podcast is all about accelerating the Great Commission through the marketplace.

Missional Marketplace The Stone Table

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

The Missional Marketplace Podcast is all about accelerating the Great Commission through the marketplace.

    The Currency of the Kingdom S1E12

    The Currency of the Kingdom S1E12

    This is the final episode of Season 1 of the podcast. We’ve been talking about the role of the marketplace in fulfilling the Great Commission, and while that can seem like an “over there” conversation, there are undoubtedly unreached people groups in your local community. The “diaspora,” a term used to describe people groups who leave their homeland and scatter abroad among other nations, has brought those in need of the Gospel quite literally into our own backyard. This is an incredible Great Commission opportunity.

    We wrap up the podcast with a real-life example of how business fosters relationships that further the Kingdom. It’s a powerful story with a shocking update that happened literally as we were recording this episode. You won’t want to miss it!

    Our final missional moment features an interview with a young entrepreneur leveraging his business skills to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Because of the sensitive areas in which he works, we had to hide his face and alter his voice. But his insights into the marketplace and global missions are the perfect way to end Season 1. Let his story inspire and challenge you!

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

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    Missional Marketplace Book:
    www.erikcooper.me
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733022732/

    • 41 min
    Business As Mission Part 2 S1E11

    Business As Mission Part 2 S1E11

    This week, we continue our conversation about Business as Missions (BAM) by drilling down into some of the ways the marketplace is being leveraged cross-culturally for global missions purposes. BAM has certainly been abused by some as a less than honest way to deceive local authorities into providing visas. We call those people “job fakers,” and they’ve given BAM a bad name in som circles. But that is not the BAM story we want to champion or explore.

    Episode 11 unpacks the Kingdom potential of “job takers” and “job makers” in advancing missions efforts around the world. We also look at the power of the “gig economy” to raise up cross-cultural missionaries. Marketplace skills are missionary skills.

    This week’s missional moment features Part 2 of our fascinating conversation with Dick Brogden, the global leader of LiveDead and missionary to Saudi Arabia. Few people have influenced our missiology more than Dick Brogden. His insights about BAM and our Great Commission responsibility as believers will encourage and discomfort you in all the right ways.

    You can learn more about the incredible work LiveDead is doing in the hardest to reach places around the world by visiting https://livedead.org. You can also find Dick’s newest book, Missionary God, Missionary Bible (a must read) by clicking here.

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

    The Stone Table:
    https://TheStoneTable.org
    https://www.facebook.com/thestonetable
    https://www.instagram.com/thestonetable_org/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/13673066/admin/

    Missional Marketplace Book:
    www.erikcooper.me
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733022732/

    • 40 min
    Business As Mission Part 1 S1E10

    Business As Mission Part 1 S1E10

    When we stop thinking of everyday work as a "secular" endeavor, when we refuse to equate the marketplace with greed and materialism, when we embrace acts of commerce as an opportunity to honor God and love our neighbor, business truly becomes a Great Commission opportunity.

    In episode 10, we pivot into a two week discussion on Business as Mission (or BAM). All over the world, missionaries are embracing the marketplace as an opportunity to embody and proclaim the Gospel in some of the hardest to reach places. We unpack the strategy and why we think it has so much Kingdom potential.

    We also talk to our dear friend Dick Brogden, the global leader of LiveDead and missionary to Saudi Arabia for this week’s missional moment. Dick and his wife Jenn are on the front lines of the Great Commission in more ways than one. You do not want to miss Dick’s challenge to take up this Great Commission calling. It will encourage and discomfort you in all the right ways.

    You can learn more about the incredible work LiveDead is doing in the hardest to reach places around the world by visiting https://livedead.org.

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

    The Stone Table:
    https://TheStoneTable.org
    https://www.facebook.com/thestonetable
    https://www.instagram.com/thestonetable_org/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/13673066/admin/

    • 39 min
    Your Work and The Mission of God In The World S1E9

    Your Work and The Mission of God In The World S1E9

    A recent Barna survey revealed that half of all church-going Christians cannot identify the Great Commission. So before we dive deeply into the role of the marketplace in God’s mission in the world, this episode goes back to the basics and unpacks the reality of Jesus’ final instructions to us: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)

    Over 3 billion people are considered unreached with the Good News of the Gospel today. That’s 42% of the global population and rising. A huge portion of these people are what we call “inconveniently lost.” There are no Christians, no churches, no Bibles, no way for them to know about Jesus unless we make extreme sacrifices to go and tell them. This is the greatest injustice in the world today and one we are passionate about engaging as marketplace believers.

    For this week’s missional moment, we talk to Greg Mundis, the Executive Director of Assemblies of God World Missions. Greg has served on both the frontlines and in executive leadership of this global missions movement for decades. Everything about Greg just emanates with a passion to see the Great Commission fulfilled, and his belief that business and entrepreneurship are powerful global missions tools is inspiring. Every conversation I have with Greg Mundis is a joy. I think you’ll understand why.

    If you’re interested in finding out more about Assemblies of God World Missions, you can visit their website at https://www.agwm.org

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

    The Stone Table:

    https://TheStoneTable.org

    https://www.facebook.com/thestonetable

    https://www.instagram.com/thestonetable_org/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/13673066/admin/

    Missional Marketplace Book:

    https://www.erikcooper.me

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733022732/

    • 37 min
    Retirement Is Not In The Bible S1E8

    Retirement Is Not In The Bible S1E8

    What was God’s original design for work and rest? Are these two concepts opposites? Are they enemies? This week on the podcast we talk about the “dance” of work and rest, and how embracing both as part of God’s design for our lives is part of living in Gospel fullness.

    We also dive deeply into the topic of biblical retirement. This may be difficult for some of us to hear, but the modern Western definition of retirement is not in the Bible. Does this mean we’re meant to work a grinding 8-5 job until our dying breath? Not at all. But reimagining retirement through the lens of the Gospel is an important exercise for every believer.

    Our friend Chuck Rapp shares his personal story in this week’s missional moment. After a 40+ year corporate career, Chuck is finding new ways to work, worship, and serve in his late 60s. No matter your season of life, Chuck’s story will encourage and inspire you to think differently about the future.

    You can learn more about Chuck’s work at One Mission Society by visiting https://onemissionsociety.org

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

    The Stone Table:

    https://TheStoneTable.org

    https://www.facebook.com/thestonetable

    https://www.instagram.com/thestonetable_org/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/13673066/admin/

    Missional Marketplace Book:

    https://www.erikcooper.me

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733022732/

    • 39 min
    Can You Fire Someone to the Glory of God S1E7

    Can You Fire Someone to the Glory of God S1E7

    Honoring God in our hiring practices seems way easier than honoring God in our firing practices. If the Gospel redeems all things, how can we both hire and fire people to the glory of God? It begins with seeing people the way God sees them.

    On this week’s podcast, we talk about hiring and firing employees. People are more than cogs in a wheel or economic transactions to boost our bottom line. All human beings carry God’s Image (Imago Dei), and yet sometimes working relationships have to end. There will never be a warm and fuzzy way to terminate someone’s employment, but when we truly see people and not just transactions, we can love them well even when we have to say goodbye.

    This week’s missional moment features Konica Miles, one of our favorite leaders at our sister company, CRF Affordable Housing. Konica has long-managed our housing portfolio’s largest property, overseeing 424 units of multifamily apartments on Indy’s west side. She is both tenacious and loving, bringing her desire to honor God and love her neighbor with her to work each day. You will absolutely love hearing what Konica has to share. I believe it will inspire you in your place of work, too.

    You can learn more about CRF Affordable Housing here: https://crf.net

    Please share, follow, and rate this show (we prefer all the stars if you don’t mind) on your podcast platform of choice. It goes a long way to help establish us as a new podcast. You can also find more information about Missional Marketplace and The Stone Table here:

    The Stone Table:

    https://TheStoneTable.org

    https://www.facebook.com/thestonetable

    https://www.instagram.com/thestonetable_org/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/13673066/admin/

    Missional Marketplace Book:

    https://www.erikcooper.me

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733022732/

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

BAM Worker ,

Needed for our time

Great content and stories that make the case for tearing down the great “sacred and secular divide” that pervades in the Western Church. As a global BAM worker, it was a great encouragement to me for building the awareness of the local and global opportunities in marketplace ministry.

trebutch ,

The marketplace is a place where ministry can, and does, happen

This podcast provides context, conversation, and challenge to redefine, reframe, and rethink about how business and marketplace is ministry and where ministry can and does happen. It helps to give light to those of us who are not in full-time vocational ministry and that our work is incredibly valued, valuable, and needed to/for the Kingdom of God.

Adam JoBo ,

Reshaping how we view work

This podcast is helping reshape (repair?) my thinking regarding my job. It’s helping bridge the gap between my vocation and my faith. It’s illuminating the deepest purpose in the mundane of my daily job. Thank you, Erik, for reminding us that everything is sacred and everything can point others toward Christ. What we “do” matters much more than just the value we create/provide here on Earth.