by Mike Baer
So what exactly is Business as Mission? In its original intent (I was one of the first to use the term, so I can say this!) it meant that business—my job, my company, my skills—can and should be deliberately connected to what God is doing in the world, i.e. His mission. Nothing more. Nothing less.
What BAM is Not
Over the past 25 years the term Business a Mission and the concept has been adulterated and abused. For some it has come to mean:
- Ethical Business—simply being honest in a Christian sort of way
- Business as Visa—setting up fake or quasi-fake businesses in the effort to secure an entry visa for missionary work in a restricted access country
- Poverty Alleviation—programs to help the poor make a better living
- Business Justification—making business OK or more valuable to God by somehow doing it overseas (I write as an American)