The Apostle Paul makes clear that he continued to practise his business of tentmaking as he proclaimed the gospel. His was not a ministry confined to church buildings, solely supported by the generosity of others (important though that was at times). It was what is often called a ‘ministry in the marketplace’.
The role of Churches Together’s Business Champion is to explore what ‘ministry in the marketplace’ looks like in the 21st century.
Philip Tutt-Leppard, our Business Champion, has run his own public relations company for nearly 20 years. He is keen to collaborate with others to put God at the heart of more businesses in Winchester in a way that will ensure the city thrives for the benefit of all.
This is both a practical and spiritual mission which will develop fresh projects according we discover more about the city’s needs.
Employee Wellbeing Service
The first fruit of this initiative is to publish the Churches Together in Winchester directory of wellbeing services. This resource signposts business owners to sources of support for their employees and families on topics such as mental health, relationships, debt, bereavement, addiction. Caring for employees has been shown to boost productivity, enhance loyalty and engagement, and reduce absenteeism.
We are also seeking guidance and support to progress other adventures, including:
- a revival of one:one prayer and prophecy for the needs of Winchester businesses
- opening co-working spaces in church buildings for lone workers and start-ups
- providing Christian mentors to business leaders
- offering the services of the newly-retired – market research, product testing, business advice
Philip is engaging with business owners and cultural organisations, local authorities, educational bodies, churches and other Christian services to understand how best to help Winchester thrive. After all, we all #LoveWinchester. If you would like to contribute, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.