by MTF Communications, originally posted on Made to Flourish

“If we want to be the church — to speak into poverty, to speak into broken homes, and to speak into drug addiction — I think we have to address the economy.”

Travis Lowe believes that a local church can impact the economy of its community. Lowe, who joined the Made to Flourish network in 2016, pastors Crossroads Church in a small community in the hills of southern West Virginia. Bluefield once served as a coal mining town. Today it faces severe economic depression and a host of issues that come with it. Lowe believes the local church should address issues like poverty, the local economy, and the workforce because each of these areas connect to our faith. Before Lowe began pastoring, he worked in business and began meeting with small business owners who feared closure of their second and third generation, family-owned businesses. During these meetings he began to feel led by God to gather a network of business owners to meet monthly, share a meal, pray for the peace and prosperity of the city, network with each other, and hear a business related message.

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