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Business as Mission: A Three-fold Mandate

by Mats Tunehag Business is more than making money, at least it should be. According to the “father of capitalism” Adam Smith, businesses exist to serve the general welfare. The computer pioneer Dave Packard said: ”Many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists simply to make money. While this is an important result of a […]

Assessing the Viability of a Great Commission Company

by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen The following are just a few of the questions that should be asked when assessing the viability of a Great Commission Company (GCC). Economic Viability Is there a clear statement of the purpose and goals for the company? Does the management team have the appropriate experience and training? Can […]

BAM in a Box?

by Mats Tunehag One can identify 3 essential activities that have helped to catalyze and grow the global Business as Mission (BAM) movement: 1. Developing the concept 2. Spreading the concept and 3. Applying the concept. Of course one cannot credit just one book, event, person or organization with the current interest in Business as Mission […]

Building the Kingdom Through Business

by Bridget Adams and Manoj Raithatha In his book Screw Business as Usual, Sir Richard Branson outlines his vision for nothing less than global transformation. He asks, ‘Can we bring more meaning to our lives and help change the world at the same time… a whole new way of doing things, solving major problems and turning […]

Gleanings: Rediscovering God’s Solutions for Poverty

by Tim Weinhold Over three thousand years ago God himself preemptively weighed in on one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century — how can we solve poverty?  One of his answers is found in Leviticus 19: 9-10: Gleanings. When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very […]

Franchising and Business as Mission: Expert Panel

We asked a panel of three experts with firsthand experience to give us their perspective on business as mission and franchising. Read panel bios below. 1. What are some of the opportunities you see in using a franchising approach in a business as mission context? John: Franchising thrives by tapping into local knowledge and connections, combining […]

The Emergence of the BAM Movement

by Steve Rundle Not long ago the Wall Street Journal noted a significant change in the attitudes of university business students1. Compared to other incoming classes in recent memory, today’s young people are more interested in using their business skills to make a positive difference in society. Undoubtedly, many have been inspired by social enterprises […]

Servant Leadership in the Marketplace

by Peter Shaukat Christians are called by God to bring servant leadership in the marketplace.  There is critical need for servant leadership in the world today and this is especially true of the marketplace where so much of the world’s agenda and the pace for development is set. The marketplace can and should be a […]

Financier to the Poor: A Ugandan Entrepreneur

by Doug Seebeck and Timothy Stoner Timothy grew up in a small village in the province of Gulu, which is near Uganda’s border with Sudan. His father was a polygamist with three wives. In 1979 Timothy was preparing to go to university when Idi Amin’s removal thrust the country into bloody political and social upheaval. […]