The Modern House: Answering the call to help the homeless through coffee

The Modern House: Answering the call to help the homeless through coffee

Posted On January 2, 2023

Why would someone open a coffee shop when they don’t even drink coffee? For Troy Whetstone, it’s a means to an end – and what he was called to do. Whetstone, our guest in a recent episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is CEO of The Modern House Coffee Shop in Birmingham. With the help of a pastor and other members of his community, Whetstone opened the shop in 2016 as a way to help the homeless. An exercise in social entrepreneurship, The Modern House Coffee Shop hires homeless people and trains them with the job skills and social… Read More

Categories: Blog, Charity, church, Entrepreneurship, Podcast, What's Working with Cam Marston, Work

Blind faith: When the business plan is answering a call from God

Posted On April 9, 2019

Marquis Forge is the CEO of Eleven86 Water, but he says that’s just a title. It’s God, he says, who runs the company, and God who started it in the first place. Forge, our guest in a recent episode of “What’s Working With Cam Marston,” is a former walk-on football player at the University Alabama who had worked in the automotive industry for two decades. But he’d made a promise to always remember where he came from, the small town of Autaugaville just northwest of Montgomery. And God, he says, showed him the way to keep that promise. He didn’t… Read More

Categories: church, Entrepreneurship, What's Working with Cam Marston

Faith in the workplace: Where do you draw the line?

Posted On September 12, 2018

Where is the line between religious freedom and discrimination in the workplace? The recent case of a baker who refused service to a gay couple on religious grounds brought the issue to the forefront nationally. But there are many other less sensational everyday instances where employers might be exposing themselves to potential litigation. What if an employer likes to play religious music or display religious symbols in the office? Or asks about a potential employee’s feelings toward such displays during a job interview? Our guest in this week’s episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston” is Bill Wasden of the… Read More

Categories: church, Podcast, Workplace

“Millennials are not looking for perfect people…Jesus already handled that.”

Posted On July 14, 2015

How do you keep millennials in your church? You certainly can’t be afraid of change – and change is not something with which religion has been historically comfortable. This is an entity, after all, that hasn’t changed its mission statement in 2,000 years. But while the mission by definition won’t change, it never hurts to update best practices. As’s Frank Powell notes, attracting a new generation that’s 80 million strong should be a priority for any institution that wishes to remain relevant. If the church hopes to do that, “that’s the way it’s always been done” has to go… Read More

Categories: church, Generation Y / Millennials