Encouraging, equipping, and empowering Scotland's corporate sector
verb, thrived or throve, thriven, thriving.
to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
to grow or develop vigorously; flourish
The roots of Thrive Scotland go back to the creation of The Business Connection charity in 2014 through the partnership of four Christian businessmen working in Aberdeen who wanted to strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community during very challenging industry downturns
We encourage people of faith, or none, to gather and connect and provide a safe place where people can be encouraged, equipped and empowered to endure the stresses of professional business life. Our events are run by business people, for business people. We offer a welcoming, safe place in the space between the office, family and church. Find practical advice to inspire, stimulating debate to refresh and a trained ear to listen
1. To establish workplace city-wide communities where people from different sectors come together for breakfast, lunch or evening seminars on relevant topics
2. Build deep relationships with Christians in the workplace to encourage and support the creation & development of Christian Workplace Groups across Scottish companies
3. Develop strong connections with Pastors and church leaders across the city to:
- leverage partner organisations e.g., London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) to provide teaching resources for churches and groups
- encourage workplace ambassadors within the church family to champion the ministry
As we "seek the welfare of our cities" we would love you to join us and be part of the movement.
Since 2014 we have encouraged people of faith, or none, to gather and connect from the busyness and stress of their daily work. The trustees established a regular rhythm of fortnightly breakfasts and monthly talks over many years and have seen this network grow to over 550 people on the mailing list and, pre-Covid, a smaller, more dedicated, group of around 30-40 coming regularly to events.
In 2019 in Aberdeen, we ran the inaugural Thrive Conference to encourage and equip Christians in the marketplace, followed in 2020 by an online conference when we engaged with more than 2500 individuals.
Along with our parters LICC and The Navigators we ran 'ReWork', a one-day event aiming to inspire young adults in their first decade of work to connect their discipleship to what they do, and to see how they can thrive in their jobs as God intended – making a difference with him through what they do, not just around it.
In combination with inspiring content from the front, ReWork connects young adults with experienced Christian mentors from matching sectors. Time with mentors to process and apply the learning from the front gives ReWork a dynamic edge.
Our first ReWork was on Saturday 19 November 2022 Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh. We plan to run more ReWork events across Scotland in 2023.
Please click below to keep up to date re our events.
In this blog, Jim Grimmer explains how he has developed a new approach to chaplaincy in the world of business. ...more
September 03, 2022•4 min read
14 Lessons from the crucible – walking with the Lord in the furnace of secular employment ...more
September 03, 2022•12 min read
We all know that business is built on relationships and relationships at work come with expectations. Our relationships with our customers, our colleagues and our contacts all bring expectations of wh... ...more
September 03, 2022•2 min read
For too long the church has viewed the workplace as the space between the church service and the midweek prayer meeting. There may be the occasional sermon or book on the theology of work, and how it ... ...more
September 02, 2022•6 min read
As I thought about how my life has changed over recent years, I realised that very rarely in life do you achieve a real balance between work and life. As someone once said “we should work to live, not... ...more
September 02, 2022•4 min read
In this final instalment, I would like to consider what each of the four groups can give to the local church and what each of them need from the local church, before closing with some thoughts on why ... ...more
September 02, 2022•5 min read
The Business Connection, Scottish Charity no. SC045163 is the parent charity of Thrive Scotland
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