Culture is changing and so must the church. For many years the central model of church planting in America has been to start a worship service. As times are shifting, looking at the intersection of church, business & the neighborhood has become essential.

Learn from creatives-turned-business-owners with 3 decades of collective experience coaching in the health and wellness space, starting and growing businesses, and creating and implementing innovation strategies everywhere from Fortune 500’s to nonprofits. Through their experiences, they understand the impact a coach or consultant with similar values can have on an individual, a business, and ultimately, a community. They strive to connect this collective of entrepreneurs, leaders, and change-makers to inspire growth and impact for the common good.

In this webinar you will hear why you too may want to considering starting a business as the first step in church planting. Our time together will include valuable dialogue about the role of business entrepreneurship within the landscape of the neighborhood and church planting.

JUNE 2, 2022 // 1 PM EST



● Starting a business can embed you into the ecosystem of a local place.

● Launching a marketplace work can lead to a more sustainable church in the future.

● Cultivating a business can be a vehicle of liberation for its neighbors.

● Building a business can help church planters last in post-Christian cities.

● Creating a community in and around your business can provide hospitable spaces for neighborhood convergence.

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Anton Fero pursued a career in the performing arts at a young age, before building his own faith community as a pastor, where he went on to found the non profit The Common Place. While investing in local community though his non profit, education and mentorship, he opened a small community fitness facility in his very own garage for the local community, and has since went on to scale this post pandemic, into now a 6500 square feet health and wellness destination in Portland, Oregon for the local community. Co Founding COMN recently Anton hopes to be able to help more small businesses like his thrive and grow from what he has learned.

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Lori M. Ruffin is an upbeat strategic thinker. Fueled by a passion to help individuals and organizations fulfill their God-given purpose, she is the Operations Manager for the V3 Movement and the Founder of The COO Team, a virtual operations agency for nonprofits and small businesses. She enjoys helping others cultivate their relationship with God, songwriting and singing. She lives in Richmond, Va., with her husband and daughter. 


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Andrew Leslie With an education and background in design thinking & strategy, Andrew Leslie has worked for a decade in innovation research at adidas, traveling the World helping the brand forecast, create and innovate. More recently Andrew co-founded COMN, where he is seeking to change how brands and small businesses connect with whom they serve, and helping start-ups to create long lasting businesses using the same principles of design thinking he learned and applied in his time with Fortune 500’s.

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Cory Doiron is a hockey coach, pastor and the owner of Pep Coworking Shop in North Portland. Cory and his wife (also named Cory) moved to Portland 6 years ago to initiate a faith community now called Church For Neighbors. This adventure has lead them into foster parenting, helping start a couple buisness’ and multiplying neighborhood home based churches all in an effort to build a robust kingdom ecosystem. 

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Today's leaders have been trained to draw a crowd and preach a good sermon, but few have been equipped for the future the church is facing. Many are starving for wisdom, guidance and grounded tools on how to cultivate new types of church bodies. When we explore doing this together within a learning cohort, it is a much richer experience than going at it alone.