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Tyler Merrick & Project 7

July 16, 2010

I’m always inspired by individuals who take risks for the sake of being obedient to God’s call. Tyler Merrick left his family business in Amarillo three years ago and moved to Dallas to start Project 7a consumer goods company that gives 50% of their profits to seven areas of need around the world.

Maybe you’ve seen some of their products in Whole Foods, Books-a-Million, Caribou Coffee and other stores. I love what Tyler and his team are doing, but even more so I love that he views his business as ministry.

That’s mainly what we talked about when I interviewed him on the phone yesterday for a project at work. He told me about the disconnect he saw between his professional life and personal ministry. He said, “I wanted the marketplace to be my mission field.” And so it has. With the platform God has given him, he’s had countless opportunities to build relationships and share his faith all over the country as the founder of Project 7.

And Tyler is making such a huge impact for the kingdom without being on staff at a church.

So how can you help? Check out this list of where Project 7 products are sold and go buy some bottled water, gum, mints, or a T-shirt so you can make a positive change in the world. Last night, I checked out the water aisle at our local Whole Foods, and found a  Project 7 water bottle. The writing on it read HELP THOSE IN NEED. It was so exciting to purchase, and then give back.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 10:21 am

    This is really cool! I love the idea of Project 7, but I REALLY love the idea of the marketplace being a mission field! It’s really cool to see people bring their personal and professional lives together like this. Thanks!

  2. July 16, 2010 11:44 am

    Yep, I think so often we separate the two and often think that “ministry” means being inside the walls of the church. But it really should be happening outside the walls of the church. The gospel should be so a part of us that we’re bringing it to people everywhere we go, wherever we work, play, do life, etc.

    Thanks Dan.

  3. July 17, 2010 10:08 pm

    Great info!

    I’ve never heard of Project 7 before, but I’m excited to support them! I long to have that kind of giving attitude seep into every area of my life.

  4. July 20, 2010 6:24 pm

    Great info and inspiring article! Yes, Jesus showed in His life on earth that we should be working diligently to bring glory to His holy name wherever and whenever we can.

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