By: Calvin Chin
What does the gospel say about renewing culture through starting new ventures? Would the gospel tell you to use your Harvard education to start an organization in a cramped storefront teeming with roaches and gang members milling about outside in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the New York City area? Well Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmellash, of Rising Tide Capital, did just that. As gospel entrepreneurs, their renewing work is helping to restore wholeness in individuals, families, and the community. We create or innovate because God made us in his image…hence our theme of this year’s Ei Forum, “Creation and Creativity.”
Redeemer has been nurturing a movement of gospel entrepreneurship that starts innovative organizations and businesses committed to cultural renewal and serving the common good. In our fifth year, we are able to welcome over 10 churches, 12 presenters, over 50 fledging entrepreneurs and 200 participants in a beautiful new venue at 7 World Trade Center on April 16-17. Consider joining Alex and Alfa, Tim Keller, Al Sikes of READ, Roberta Ahmanson and Ena Heller of MOBIA, and Bill Kurtz of Denver School of Science and Technology. Check out the website to see our impressive list of breakout session facilitators.
The Ei Forum gives you an opportunity to gain a vision for gospel entrepreneurship and connect with the entrepreneurs and investors that are making this possible. I hope you will join us as we work together to become a community of change.