Business as mission BAM , an emerging concept and developing ministry, has drawn fascination in missions and business circles BAM embodies the practice of using business strategically accomplishing missional purposes Though the term is ubiquitous in mission circles, there is disparity between its meaning There has been much theoretical discussion about BAM but far less research accomplished on how it happens out in reality The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in depth look at business as missions in action with an eye to expose the most effective principles and practices of this movement....
|Title||:||The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission|
|Publisher||:||New Hope Publishers December 1, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||982 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission Reviews
Some time ago, I started a business consulting practice with the idea that I could use my "business" income to support my "ministry" activities. My plan was to imitate Paul and his use of tentmaking to "pay the bills." However, I found that separating my work and ministry activities was quite challenging and I longed for a more integrated life where everything I did was ministry. But how?
The apostle Paul is a complex person who is often difficult to understand. Many Christians find him the model missionary and evangelical. He was a tentmaker by trade and continued his occupation during most of his missionary journeys. At times, Paul worked numerous hours so as not to be a burden on those to whom he was teaching (I Thessalonians 2:9). The gospel spread through much of the world because of the direct work of Paul and the many seeds he planted.
Mark Russell's book is chock full of ideas and information. The application is directed toward profit seeking businesses with a mission, but some of the concepts could be applied to personal vocation and to transformation within churches and faith communities. I found the following to be the most inspirational parts of the book:
"Business is a way of partnering with God and imitating Him in service to humanity and creation through the development and distribution of goods and services - pg 41" Mark Russell's ability to connect the spiritual world to our everyday life as workers, breathes life into the daily tasks that make up our work. Whether you're an entrepreneur or just want to be a leader within your organization, understanding that your work is spiritual and in service to the King will transform your life. If you need purpose to your daily tasks, you will find Mark's words inspiring. Enjoy!
Excellent introduction to the foundational issues and concerns not only of the business challenges of ministering cross-culturally, but of dealing with the big issues confronting the movement of the Gospel generally.