Day 1 Topics
The Third Principle — James Du Plooy
God planted the seed for the Third Principle (3P) Business Model over a decade and a half ago when a few businessmen dreamed together about more effective ways to fund business and ministry around the world. Six years ago one of those fellows, James Du Plooy, formalized and implemented the model in his own businesses. He and others have seen surprising results taking this approach that apportions profits evenly between giving, reinvestment in business, and shareholder returns. James does not hold this out as the only way, or as any kind of rule. It simply represents one proven example of how to combine a method, faith in God, and action for extraordinary results.
Transforming Communities and Boulder Foundation — James Du Plooy
As 3P business profits were apportioned for giving to expand the kingdom, James recognized the need for a vehicle to identify and support strategic ministry relationships, and he formed the nonprofit organization, Boulder Foundation. (He'll explain the name, but rest assured it bears no relation to Boulder, Colorado!) Again, he presents its efforts as nothing more than a working model, connecting business with nonprofit and ministry ground forces to meet needs and change the face of communities globally. Three of the ten key areas of emphasis that Boulder Foundation currently supports include educating and empowering the unemployed, third world agriculture, and medical missions. You'll be inspired to act by the stories James will share of God accomplishing the seemingly impossible in desperate settings.
A Global Vision and Kingdom Funding — James Du Plooy
Another unique aspect of 3P is reinvestment in business: not only in one's own business, but also in other kingdom businesses. Much potential profit is siphoned away through the exorbitant cost of money levied through the banking industry. It is not that we are anti–banking, but rather pro–kingdom. If there is a choice as to where the money will go, then let's use it for kingdom purposes rather than enriching financial institutions. In this section we address the need to move from the limits imposed by independence to healthy interdependence, allowing God to weave us into a tapestry connecting business and ministry around the world. God is big on relationships. As we choose to walk in the light and make ourselves vulnerable to share in both one another's successes and disappointments, we will experience fellowship at a deeper and infinitely more satisfying level.
A Kingdom Mindset — J.B. McKoy
Our ability to grasp and act on these ideas is constrained by what we believe and how we think. God's Word makes it abundantly clear that transformational change is contingent on our renewing our minds. So before we plant the seeds above, we want to cultivate the soil of your heart by discussing the crucial topic of mindset. J.B. McKoy has spent over a decade studying and teaching on renewing the mind, explaining it in a way that makes it understandable and relevant.
Taking Action Together — James Du Plooy
Today's focus will be responding to what God has been birthing in our hearts. We have talked about the importance of connecting with others and working together, now we will put this into action. Individuals attending will be invited to share a two–minute description of the work they envision undertaking. As they do, some others listening will resonate with that vision and decide to join them.
We are trusting the Holy Spirit to move in Day 2, drawing people into teams to work together toward a common goal. After testifying how God has done this in other parts of the world, James will prompt attendees to break into groups. The remainder of our time together will be forming relationships, refining vision, and determining next steps. In the afternoon, James will make the rounds, coaching teams individually, to contribute insight and help crystallize the vision of each.
Since the goal of this gathering is sustained action, not simply sharing information, we'll wrap up the day with a follow–up plan to maintain our collective forward momentum.