The Redemptive Frame
The Redemptive Frame helps define and explore redemptive possibilities in an organizational setting. It overlays the 3 Ways to Work (Exploitative, Ethical, Redemptive) with the 3 Dimensions of Work (Strategy, Operations, Leadership).
People, organizations, and communities relate to the world in one of three ways.
What does it mean to be Redemptive?
“Redemption” is an economic term that means to buy back something (or someone) to restore it to its rightful place. For Christians it is full of great theological meaning, referring to Jesus’ act of becoming human and sacrificing his life so that we could be restored to a right relationship with God and his creation.
Wherever there is loss, brokenness, unfairness, injustice, waste, or harm—and someone willingly enters into the situation by bearing a cost or taking a risk to help the person, resource, or system to be restored or repaired—that’s redemptive action. Which normally requires the creation of some new product, expression, model, or norm.
And this core redemptive pattern—creative restoration through sacrifice—not only describes Jesus’ work to save the world but also our daily work, especially as people of faith, to serve the world. It gives shape to our mission as those who have been written into the greater redemptive story through no merit of our own.
creative restoration sacrifice
What do we mean by entrepreneurship?
When we hear the term “entrepreneurship” today, many of us think of well-capitalized, tech-forward, high-growth, Silicon Valley-style startups. (And at Praxis, our community includes its fair share of these ventures and leaders.)
But while this model captures our cultural attention, it's just one small part of the varied entrepreneurial landscape—which also includes “Main Street” businesses that find new, sustainable ways to serve their communities. It’s scrappy nonprofits and established NGOs that find new paths to impact, replication, and scale. It’s new teams leading existing organizations, placing bets on new products, services, customers, business models, and channels. It’s intrapreneurial mavericks who are given the freedom to launch new businesses from existing ones. It’s the dorm-room and solopreneur hustles that find a way to sustainability through sheer force of will and inspiration.
And to us, entrepreneurship is far more than just the founders—it's also the funders, builders, creatives, and educators with the imagination and will to help make new things possible. They all play their part in "directing agency and resources toward organizational creation, innovation, and risk."