This is the first in a series of blogs written by the leader of Church Doctor Ministries, Dr. Tracee J. Swank.

Heydid you catch that title next to my name? On July 29, 2023, I finished a three-year journey and received my Doctor of Ministry degree. I chose to focus on Kingdom entrepreneurs and the Great Commission for my dissertation research. I am glad to be finished and very thankful for the opportunity God presented for me to earn that degree. You can still just call me Tracee, but it’s an amazing feeling to know that I achieved that goal.

My threeyear journey also led me to discern a few things about Church Doctor Ministries and our mission to help Christians carry out the Great Commission. I believe God is calling our ministry to a new chapter and season of exciting new initiatives. In this blog series, I’ll unpack this new vision and direction for how I believe God is calling our team to equip and send Christians out in the world to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. 

This new vision includes helping churches more effectively discover how to best use the gifts, skills, and resources God has already placed in their congregations to reach more people and create healthy spiritual communities; helping Kingdom creatives bring their ideas for books, resources, and creative ministry projects and ideas to life; and engaging with Christian entrepreneurs in the marketplace.

Christianity as a movement in North America continues to be challenged by changing culture, shifting demographics, toxic political structures inside and outside of the local church, and significant drift from the truth of the Gospel and the purpose of the church. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Not everything about the local church needs to change. In fact, there are a great many things that we as Christian leaders get right. But we can no longer deny we are facing series challenges, not only as a movement, but also as a nation. It’s time for us to take seriously what it means to be mobilized members of God’s Kingdom called to be disciples who make disciples wherever our gifts, skills, and resources take us.

Over the next few posts, I’ll unpack what it means to be a Kingdom entrepreneur, why it matters that we use the creative and apostolic gifts God has given us, and how the church can transform our culture, communities, and commerce for the better.

If you’d like more information, please complete this short interest form. We’ll make sure you get exclusive access to new announcements and information about this new vision and new missionfocused initiatives, and we’ll send you a code for 20% off the new books we’re releasing this fall!

If you would like to speak with me directly about the future of the local church, your church, Kingdom entrepreneurship, or marketplace mission, please schedule a call here.

Next Up: The basics of Kingdom entrepreneurs: Kingdom Entrepreneurship 101: What You Need to Know

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