I AM for Philly launch

How would our workplaces and city look different if our faith influenced the marketplace instead of the other way around? This was one of the many questions that were swirling as Philadelphia Gospel Movement’s Marketplace ministry, I AM for Philly, launched on October 3rd. There were 67 people, many leaders in their business, gathered for breakfast at the American Bible Society in Old City.

Dave Shoemaker, Managing Chairman of C12 Philadelphia and Chair of I AM for Philly, cast vision for the unique influence Christians in the marketplace can have (video below) and interviewed Hal Gilham, CEO of Productive Plastics. Hal, whose business was recently featured in the Inquirer, shared how his workplace has been transformed since becoming a Christian. Productive Plastics has seen increased employee retention after they formed a Caring Team, personal finance seminars, and donated to projects in their community.

Dave Brindley, Collaboration Director for the Philadelphia Gospel Movement, then challenged the audience to consider what those in attendance could do together to see Philadelphia flourish (video below). Tables then prayed and reported back how we could collectively address homelessness, opioid addiction, and human trafficking.

I AM for Philly’s monthly breakfasts will continue 12/5 at 8:30am at the American Bible Society. Click here to RSVP!