Founding Member of Affiliation of Christian Engineers?

From: by way of Joe Carson <>
Date: Mon Jun 20 2005 - 21:47:26 EDT

Hi ASA'ers

I ran the following ad in the weekly religion section of the Knoxville paper:

Looking for a Few Christian Engineers

Should Christian engineers intentionally and collectively influence their
profession? Given the vital responsibilities the engineering profession
has, in 2005 and foreseeable future, for the "built environment" sustaining
modern man and civilization, it is a timely and provocative question. If
you are a Christian engineer or theologian and wish to intentionally seek
God's will for the engineering profession, with a small group of others,
please contact me. The group's goal is the preparation of a scholarly
article for publication in a suitable peer-reviewed journal about God's
will for engineering and engineers. We all must be good stewards of our
time and talents, therefore participants should expect appropriate
compensation for their contributions, if a viable auxiliary engineering
professional society for Christian engineers results. Contact Joe Carson,
P.E., President of the Affiliation of Christian Engineers
<> at <>, if interested.

I am running the same ad in some other Knoxville area papers over next few
weeks too.

I created a blog for Christian engineers
<> and posted the
text of the ad to it. I am trying to get the blog and this opportunity
publicized via the "Christian blogosphere."

 From my study of the engineering profession, most major engineering
professional societies had 6-10 "founding members."

My proposal for compensating the time/talents/monetary costs of the
"founding members" of the Affiliation of Christian Engineers is that the
"founders" would "bill" the Affiliation of Christian Engineers for the time
spent in preparing the scholarly-type paper, I suggest at a rate of
$60/hour or so, and, if we decide to then go forward with making it viable,
the "heavy lifting" that accompanies such a start-up effort.

If ACE becomes viable, it could well generate several million dollars a
year in revenue. That revenue stream could be used to reward the risk and
effort of its founders (the plan is for the majority of the revenue stream
to be disbursed to engineering-related ministries, development projects,
scholarships, etc, across denominational lines). My suggestion is that
the reward/risk ratio be 10 to 1 - if a founder contributed a value of
$20,000.00 in time/money, he would be rewarded with $200,000.00 (no, it
would not be tax-free, just as membership dues are not tax-deductible.)

However, I am not dictating, the founders must reach a consensus about the

Please publicize this opportunity (or express interest yourself!) if you
feel so led.

Please feel free to call.

Your co-engineer in His creation,

Joe Carson, P.E.
President, Affiliation of Christian Engineers
Knoxville, TN
Received on Mon Jun 20 21:48:25 2005

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