ABOUT PRAXIS ACADEMY
Praxis Academy is the next-generation division of Praxis, a creative engine advancing redemptive entrepreneurship. Over a multi-generational time horizon, our aim is to help followers of Christ gain a vision for working across sectors with a redemptive imagination, seeing their work as an embodied apologetic for their beliefs. Praxis has worked alongside 200 entrepreneurs in 40+ countries through the Business and Nonprofit Accelerators, and over 750 next-generation leaders through Praxis Academy.
ADVANCING REDEMPTIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
We believe the great Christian narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration frames the task of the Christian entrepreneur. As founders, we create ventures in response to the creative impulse God gives us, and like Him we hope to “call them good.” As fallen creatures, we take seriously and humbly our own sin and the brokenness of the world around us.
Our endgame is for our ventures to be agents of redemption as we act as the hands and feet of Christ in the world, knowing that He is “making all things new.” We work for impact that approximates the ultimate restoration that we know is one day coming.
So, what does it actually mean for entrepreneurship to be redemptive?
When we call something redemptive, it means someone is giving or sacrificing to restore something or someone to its proper place. Redemptive founders are those who, being deeply spiritually formed, generously surrender their personal and organizational power for the sake of others.
A redemptive enterprise “spends itself” on behalf of the world more than on its own behalf. It is organized to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61), especially as it relates to its customers, its workforce, and its partners.
We believe the redemptive enterprise demonstrates the biblical pattern of restoration through sacrifice in three dimensions: Leadership, Strategy, and Operations.
Redemptive Entrepreneurship is the work of joining God in creative restoration through sacrifice, in venture building and innovation.
REDEMPTIVE LEADERSHIP fuses ambition, discipline, and market insight with spiritual formation, selfless stewardship, and cultural wisdom.
REDEMPTIVE STRATEGY aims for cultural renewal through beautiful and humanizing products, services, and spaces, backed by truthful and God-honoring brands and narratives.
REDEMPTIVE OPERATIONS blesses people through excellence, grace, generosity, and justice in organizational functions & practices, workforce culture, partnerships, and capital.
FOR US, REDEMPTION MEANS RESTORATION THROUGH SACRIFICE.
OUR MODEL: A CREATIVE ENGINE CENTERED ON A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
At Praxis, we're building and nurturing an ecosystem to advance redemptive work, and especially redemptive ventures, in the world. We call this ecosystem a “creative engine,” which consists of several components:
The core of the creative engine is an active community of entrepreneurial practice—so we recruit and develop entrepreneurial leaders who have started new ventures, as well as train the next generation of entrepreneurial talent.
Entrepreneurs must be surrounded by wise funders, mentors, thinkers, other practitioners, and enthusiasts—so we create programs and events where deep, like-minded relationships among these friends are built.
The ecosystem runs on shared ideas and vision—so we create and curate content that advances our community's stories and point of view.
The ventures led from our community seek to bring spiritual, industry, and cultural renewal.
The Praxis core team enables the creative engine through design, convening, operations, and platform building.
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