Here at Corner to Corner, working toward equitable economic development is one of our key goals.  We believe that, as Christians, we are called to extend justice to our neighbors including creating opportunities for economic growth.

Listen in as Will talks with Brynn & Clark from The Nashville Entrepreneur Center on their new podcast, Navigate: Nashville’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem.

Corner to Corner is a relational ministry. We intentionally build our relationships on a foundation of love and trust. This is initially made possible through the Ministry of Consistency: the simple idea that if we show up for one another, and keep showing up, then we can truly begin to “love one another” (see for example Jesus’ teaching on this in John 13:34). The ministry of consistency means that we walk in those relationships for years, partnering together to both give and receive. We pursue each other in loving relationship, committing to life’s daily hardships and victories together. The ministry of consistency is the foundation of #ConnectInvestGrow

We founded Corner to Corner for, and with, our community. We firmly believe that community thrives best when programs are community led. We pursue opportunities for our programming to be shaped, informed, and led by community members. For example, The Academy program holds semiannual trainings to equip Alumni and local business owners to facilitate the next class. These leaders utilize their experience and knowledge to help shape and grow the next group of neighborhood entrepreneurs. In an underresourced community, the lack of opportunities is overcome by the African-American proverb “Each one teach one.” This also allows for a community of leaders to shine. We always aim to pass the spotlight.

It was a radical call to sacrificial love when Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” He knew that we instinctively love ourselves well. From the first minute that our feet hit the floor in the morning, we pursue our own comfort, peace, and prosperity. Imagine a circle of love drawn just around ourselves. But then Jesus commands us to extend that circle of love! He wants us to walk it across the street to our neighbor’s house, to walk it down the block and across the city. He calls us to care, not just for our own kids, but the kids in our neighborhood; to care about the financial, emotional and physical well being of our neighbors, as well.

To truly love our neighbor as ourself, we need to loosen the grip on our own time, treasure, and talent. We need to make a lifestyle out of giving, instead of an occasion. Loving with such intentional self-sacrifice is possible only when we are gripped by Christ’s sacrificial love. His sacrificial love is so tremendous, so radically good, so full of life, that it compels us. Christ fulfills our greatest need and is our greatest resource, therefore we can Give of ourselves without concern of finite means. We don’t have to hold on to our own possessions, time, or talent with a closed fist. We can trust in God’s provision because he provided so abundantly through Christ. Or as the apostle Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”