Imagining Good Futures Summit

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Saturday, August 3

8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Christ UMC

4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford, IL


Rev. Mark Elsdon, RootedGood


Cost: $30 per person

(breakfast snacks and boxed lunch included)

(childcare available for pre-registrations)


Books: $10 each

(optional purchase)


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Are you wondering …

  • Is your church building costing you more than you can afford?
  • Does it sit empty for large portions of the week? Or would you simply like to make more use of your space?
  • Are you looking for new ways to generate income for your church?
  • Are you wondering how to better connect your ministry with the needs and gifts of your neighborhood?


What if you could use your buildings and property to further your mission and ministry in your neighborhood and to generate new forms of income?


This summit is the opportunity for you and your church!


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“Going Deeper” afternoon talks and panel discussion:

This summit will not be livestreamed or recorded. It will be in-person and interactive.


Mark Elsdon lives and works at the intersection of money and meaning as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, author, and speaker. He is the author of, We Aren’t Broke, about the use of faith-based property and investments for social enterprise and impact investing. Mark’s new book, Gone for Good? Negotiating the Coming Wave of Church Property Transition is now available.

Mark is cofounder of RootedGood, which supports catalytic and innovative church leaders working on property development, money and mission alignment, and social enterprise; executive director at Pres House and Pres House Apartments on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus; principal at Threshold Sacred Development; and past president of the board of directors for Working Capital for Community Needs, an impact investing fund that provides microfinance funding to the working poor in Latin America.

Mark has a BA in Psychology from the University of California – Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Mark is an avid cyclist and considers it a good year when he rides more miles on his bike than he drives in his car.

To purchase books, please visit this website.

Visit the posts of other summits below:

Summit 2020, Vital Vintage Churches (Michael Piazza)

Summit 2018, Set the Tone of Generosity with Testimony (Saul Ebema)

Summit 2017, Stewardship for Real People: Flaws and All (Molly Baskette)