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Ben Op Community Support Bleg

Readers, I’m revising the Work chapter of The Benedict Option at the moment, and need your help. I’m looking for examples of Christian church communities whose members patronize each other’s businesses and otherwise support each other economically. Can you give me some concrete examples of how specific Christian communities help meet each other’s financial needs, provide medical care, or meet each other’s practical needs in some other way? I have some examples from the LDS community, but I’m looking for Catholic, Protestant, and/or Orthodox examples.

What I’m looking for are examples for the rest of us to follow if, in the future, Christians begin to lose their jobs because of their faith. What kinds of resources will we, as Christian communities, be able to do offer them? What should we start doing now, to prepare for this day? Are there businesses we can and should start as Christian communities, and commit to hiring each other, and patronizing business and tradespeople in our own circles?

Talk about it in the comments section, or drop me a line at rod — at — amconmag — dot — com 


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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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