Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advice from a Christian Entrepreneur

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advice from a Christian Entrepreneur

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When it comes to raising money through enterprise, Chris Henderson has one word of advice for the Anglican Church of Canada: think of projects or partners that will be in line with your values--otherwise, it won't work.

"You've got to be true to mission," he says. "Not being true to mission means you're almost writing a cheque for failure."

Henderson is the founder of two clean energy companies--Lumos Energy and the Delphi Group--and much of his work involves consulting with Aboriginal communities on clean energy projects. A member of the United Church of Canada, Henderson also helped the United Church divest itself of old church property in Ottawa in a way that attracted national media attention.

Beginning in 2010, Henderson led the search for a buyer of the old Westboro United Church property in Ottawa, when its congregation decided to amalgamate with two other local churches. Eventually he found a developer willing to partner with the Ottawa Music Foundation, a major local arts organization. The foundation got the church building, which it repurposed for its own office space and use by the community. The developer paid more than a million dollars for the property around the church. …

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