Encouraging, equipping, and empowering Scotland's corporate sector

Thrive 2019 conference highlights

thrive ;

verb, thrived or throve, thriven, thriving.

to prosper; be fortunate or successful.

to grow or develop vigorously; flourish

Our Mission


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


Going forward Thrive’s focus areas are:


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.

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Who are we?

The roots of Thrive Scotland go back to the creation of The Business Connection charity (SC SC045163) in 2014 through the partnership of four Christian businessmen working in Aberdeen who believed God was calling them to create a safe space for the business community in Aberdeen, to strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community during very challenging industry downturns.

We 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.


Events

Along with our parters LICC and The Navigators we are running 'ReWork', a one-day event that aims is 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.

Saturday 19 November 2022 10am at Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh

Please see this link for further information - https://licc.org.uk/events/rework/

You can register below

News

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Thrive Scotland is part of The Business Connection, Scottish Charity no. SC045163

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