Business as Mission: The Global Movement Today

While we are on the topic this month of ‘looking back in order to move forward’, we repost this interview with Mats Tunehag from 2015 outlining some of the developments Mats had seen in the BAM movement up until that point.

Mats Tunehag has been speaking, writing and convening on business as mission for nearly 20 years. When he visited The BAM Review office recently*, we asked him a few questions about the business as mission movement.

Mats, what have you seen changing in business as mission in the last 15-20 years?

We are seeing a reawakening of what it means to be a Christian in business in our day and age. There has been remarkable growth of people getting engaged in doing business for God and the common good. If we take a 15 year time span, there are things we have today that didn’t exist 15 years ago. Now, we have a greater common understanding globally of this idea that we call ‘business as mission’. There are significant common denominators in our understanding, even though terminology may vary from group to group.

15 years ago when you mentioned business as mission, there were many questions about ‘What is that?’, ‘Is this something we want to get involved in?’. Today you can travel to almost any country and bump into people who have heard of, or are talking about, or practicing, business as mission. That is one of the major changes globally. Read more

Reasons to Celebrate! Growth of BAM Over the Last 20 Years

by Jo Plummer

This year marks around 20 years since the term ‘Business as Mission’ was first used and discussed amongst a growing group of like-minded people around the world. At the very end of the 1990s and the early 2000s, there was a burst of activity around BAM: Consultations, Conferences, Books, Articles, the first Websites etc. – and this kick-started greater momentum in the BAM movement, which has been growing to this day.

We are exploring the theme ‘where we’ve got to and where we still need to go’ on The BAM Review blog in the coming months. You can read the introduction post ‘10 Pressing Issues to Address in BAM in the Next 20 Years’ for more about the topics we’ll be covering during this series.

Before we dive into the challenges ahead, we asked some of the same BAM Leaders to share their view on what progress we can celebrate in the BAM movement over the last 20 years or so. What are some wins, or significant growth areas that we should note and be thankful for?

Reasons to Celebrate: BAM Leaders Reflect

The movement has gained traction. People now understand the legitimacy and role of BAM in particular and the calling of business in general for the Great Commission. New organizations have been founded to address the gaps in the BAM movement such as mentoring, funding, events for promoting and networking, etc. More established older organizations have begun embracing BAM ministry by starting a division, department or group focused on BAM. The biggest win for me is the wider acceptance of BAM as a way to impact the world for Christ by the global Church (with a capital C). We still have a ways to go, but the progress has been significant. God has used the BAM movement to move the needle. – Joseph Vijayam, BAM Practitioner & Lausanne Catalyst

Twenty years ago, in our Middle Eastern country, BAM was a marginal ministry that most of the mission community saw as a bit sketchy, something that may be okay, but wouldn’t really make an important difference for the kingdom. Today almost every mission organisation sees some sort of BAM or professional occupation as a critical dimension of their ministries. While a few still see it as the only way to get a visa, more and more are understanding not only the validity of the model, but the absolute necessity of living a life here to which the national church can aspire. In our country, most of the capable national believers are drawn to foreign-funded ministries and need instead to be equipped to work in the secular world, understanding they can be agents for change in a dark place. – Robert Andrews, BAM Practitioner & Mentor

The profile of the BAM movement has increased. The movement has visibility, with conferences, books, and articles and some high profile Christian speakers have spoken out for our cause. The philosophy of BAM has developed, there has been some heavy articulation of the apologetic, talking about the quadruple bottom line, attacking the sacred-secular divide, and affirming the integration of our faith with our business. Then we have come a long way in the practice of BAM. The story is being told, in the conferences, in videos, on the ground where many businesses welcome visitors. Several colleges have course on BAM or components of BAM in business courses. We now can touch-see-hear it! Naturally all of this progress reminds us that we still have a long way to go. – Larry Sharp, IBEC Ventures

One thing to celebrate from the last 20 years is that we can observe spontaneous activity on virtually every continent, demonstrating that this movement is not “of man”. There is now widespread interest in dozens of mission agencies about BAM as an essential new strategy to reach the nations. There is also general acceptance in the larger church community as we bridge the sacred-secular divide and release business people and resources into the work. The plethora of books, classes, and studies on the subject, is bringing systems and academic rigor to what began as a rogue operation in Central Asia. We can especially celebrate the thousands of successful micro-businesses launched around the world, especially among the unreached; plus the dozens of SME and OPE companies in the movement today. – Mike Baer, Third Path Initiative

I believe we have seen some of the more worrying polarisation diminish. A “multi-lane highway” of BAM – with guard-rails on either side – is being built. Business-as-platform (in the sense of business simply for a visa) and business-for-profit (only) are, I believe, widely perceived as the edges of the road, beyond which lie catastrophic cliffs over which the unwary will plunge! There is a wider recognition that from whichever perspective I am approaching BAM, I need to have a legitimate, credible enterprise. We’ve made some encouraging progress in regards to funding BAM; there’s a bit more rigour across the board and better understanding of the importance of good planning. We’ve really made progress in seeing the global Body of Christ getting involved in the movement. There’s a great deal to sort out in this, and there will be still a lot of messiness, unilateralism and lack of collaboration, but there is some good progress. We’ve made great strides in addressing a broad scope of BAM related issues, it’s  now seen as “a discipline”, “a field”. The diversity of issues being addressed and the range of voices feeding into this discussion and learning is encouraging. From “freedom business” to “private equity”, from “micro-enterprise” to “scaling up”, there’s a lot going on. – Peter Shaukat, Transformational SME

Most Christian young people interested in missions and business who are looking for longer-term work and experience in our nation have good basis and understanding of BAM. There are still not enough new workers, but those that are coming have heard good things of BAM and have a good foundation. There is much improved capability to manage multiple BAM companies at one time, given digital technology, ease of travel, etc. The quality of entrepreneurship of BAM leaders has certainly improved – Dwight Nordstrom, BAM Practitioner

Churches are much more aware of BAM as a legitimate approach to missions. More young people see BAM as a welcome approach to serving in the nations. More business people / professionals are being mobilized to use their everyday gifts for the nations. It seems like there’s more of a desire for workers to be more transparent and credible in their identity, and not just faking it in business. There is more intentional planning happening in the whole process of undertaking a BAM venture, more coaching available, and more reality checks. Finally workers from the Global South are being mobilized and encouraged toward a BAM approach. – OPEN Network Field Worker

Some progress we can celebrate is that people see the potential of this paradigm much more; business is now a much more visible way to shine the gospel in unreached areas. The sacred secular divide is closing and the church has an opportunity to see things rather more holistically than simply ministry vs. work. This fits well with the millennial culture’s ideal for significance in the workplace. God has been building awareness of BAM simultaneously, and sometimes supernaturally, across a wide range of previously disconnected parts of the body of Christ which I believe will result in greater unity in the church and far greater effectiveness in mission. – OPEN Network Leader

We now have many more stories and resources. In the 20th century there were a lack of clear models that people were talking about. It felt as if 100 years went by without a single story involving an impactful, profitable business becoming a part of the missions narrative. When I began to truly dig into what was available for inspiration and learning in the mid 2000s, I found very little. There were few websites and most books focused mainly on workplace theology. Compare that to today where there are conferences, books, documentaries, college courses and programs that are focused on this topic. – OPEN Network Leader

 

We hope you were as encouraged by these perspectives as we were. God has been faithful and good, and we can be so thankful for all he has done in our midst. Although there is still much to do, there is also much to celebrate so far!

 

>> Read Part 1: 10 Pressing Issues to Address in BAM in the Next 20 Years

 

 

The BAM 2.0 Series

Over the coming months we will go into greater depth on each of these key issues.

In March we will continue with our introduction to the series, looking at how far we’ve come and some of our ‘big hairy audacious goals’ for the future.

In April we’ll take a deep dive into our ‘Why’ – what are some of the pressing global issues that BAM can address, including poverty, unreached people, the refugee crisis and human trafficking.

In May we’ll look at some limiting issues such as the sacred-secular divide, our definition of success, our geographical depth and our connectedness; issues that we must overcome for future growth.

In June we’ll look at resource gaps to overcome, including human capital, financial capital, mentoring, prayer and continuity planning.

We hope you enjoy this series! Follow us by subscribing to The BAM Review email or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

Compiled by Jo Plummer, with thanks to the BAM leaders who shared their perspectives. Special thanks to Patrick Lai for gathering contributions from OPEN Network field workers and leaders.

 Jo Plummer Jo Plummer is the Co-Chair of the BAM Global Think Tank and co-editor the Lausanne Occasional Paper on Business as Mission. She has been developing resources for BAM since 2001 and currently serves as Editor of the Business as Mission website.

 

 

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10 Pressing Issues to Address in BAM in the Next 20 Years

by Jo Plummer

This year marks around 20 years since the term ‘Business as Mission’ was first used and discussed amongst a growing group of like-minded people around the world. Of course, there were pioneer BAM models before that time, not to mention the fact that business and mission have been integrated in many different ways since Paul the Apostle made tents! However, for this modern iteration, the cohesion and an international conversation around this concept really started around 20 years ago.

I like to think of this pioneer generation and what has followed as ‘BAM 1.0’. It is amazing to reflect on all God has done in our global community in the past couple of decades! Now, as we look forward to the future, we want to explore the theme of ‘BAM 2.0’ for a new series of posts on The BAM Review blog. In the coming months, we’ll discover where we’ve got to and the issues we still face for the future.

To prepare for this series, we asked 20 leaders who have been engaged in business as mission for between 10 and 35 years to tell us what they believe are the most pressing issues we must address if the BAM movement is to be even more fruitful for the next 20 years… and beyond! While this isn’t a scientific survey across the entire BAM community, it does represent wisdom from a collection of leaders who have served long in our movement.

Here are the 10 overarching issues that were identified by these leaders, in no particular order:  Read more

When Things Go Wrong: 9 BAMers Share Mistakes & Misadventures

We asked some (otherwise very successful) BAM Practitioners that we know to share some of the errors, disasters and unfortunate events that they have experienced in their business as mission journeys. Here nine BAMers share eleven stories about their mistakes and misadventures:

They Didn’t Come…

In our first years we did not have enough focus on sales and revenue, it was more of a “build it and they will come” mindset. It almost killed us. Then the solution was to hire a sales guy in the US, but the problem was twofold; first I should never have tried to outsource sales so early as CEO and second I hired a great guy but one that had bigger company experience and not the early entrepreneurial sales experience needed at our stage. This was a second failure on the sales side that almost killed us. I have come to fully understand the saying “no margin, no mission” and put sales as a key priority for myself until we got fully into orbit and could hand it off to the right person with right experience for our company stage, deal size and industry. MC

Too Many Cabinets

There’s two ways you can kill a startup: too little business and too much business. A couple of years ago, our 5 month old custom cabinet business was featured on our local news station. In our exuberance, we signed up too many customers with an unrealistic view of how quickly we could complete jobs. In less than a month, we had ended up with upset customers and significant cash flow problems as we made mistakes in our rush to complete jobs whilst also missing deadlines. In this case, we were able to recover our financial footings through a few key factors: Our product ultimately was a good fit with customer demand, so after apologizing and then completing jobs satisfactorily, we were able to refine our product and service to even better serve our customers. We started specializing in only Shaker Cabinets which sped up our production time and allowed us to more strategically market to our customers. Finally, our grasp of our cash flow position enabled us to raise funds in time (through God’s abundant blessing) to make it through our mistake and onto the future. JR  Read more

Grand Openings and Grand Opportunities: A BAM Story

We’re so excited to be open! After 3 years of planning, preparation, cutting through swathes or red tape, remodelling, investment-raising and long days of hard work, the day of our café grand opening was nearly perfect. Lots of customers showed up, neighbors congratulated and welcomed us, and we received lots of positive feedback.

Everyone who walks in says nearly the same thing; some version of, “Wow, this place is beautiful, and so comfortable and relaxing. I might not leave!”

It is gratifying to see people come in and enjoy our products and our service, and then come back again. We have already noticed how this business is giving us greater inroads to be able to share Jesus with people.

New Connections

The most encouraging thing about the opening of our café is the greater openness and acceptance from people that it has provided. The next door neighbor to our shop, who we’ve waved at and attempted to engage with over the past three years, has become our most frequent customer. He brought his family over and introduced them, and has begun having client meetings at our cafe. And, new people are coming around as well. We recently met Lek who was walking buy, decided to stop in, and then asked if I could talk for a minute. We talked about the business and then about him for over an hour. In a couple of weeks, we’re going to meet at another coffee shop in town to work on his English and my Thai.  Read more

50+ BAM Job Opportunities Around the World

Each quarter we post an updated list of BAM Job Opportunities on The BAM Review. Welcome to the February 2019 Edition.

Work With Us!

The Business as Mission Resource Team is recruiting for both our Events and Communication Teams. We are looking for people with a range of skills to work on the next BAM Global Congress and our ongoing projects. We need a variety of skills and experience, including: Administration, Project Leadership, Event Management, Social Media, Marketing, Writing & Editing, Content Development & Design. 6-18 months, Part-time or Full-time, Virtual and On-location positions available. Ideal for those wanting to learn more about Business as Mission and develop or re-purpose their skills.

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BAM Company Jobs

 

Consulting Manager – Karisimbi Business Partners in Rwanda

Karisimbi Business Partners (KBP) is a socially motivated management consulting and investment services firm focused on mid-market enterprise development. Delivering solutions for the challenges facing companies in Rwanda and the surrounding region, KBP works directly with promising ventures to ensure business strategy, management and resources are aligned for company growth and success. We are seeking a Consulting Manager to join our growing team of local and expatriate consultants who can provide leadership across project delivery, business development, staff management, and company operations. Download PDF | Visit Company Website

 

Various Positions – Woodwork Manufacturing in East Asia

A small luxury woodwork manufacturer with 30 years experience (10+ in E Asia) Company is developing their small factory into a tight Lean system that will be duplicated exactly with small factories in other markets in Muslim areas of East and Central Asia. The company produces in Asia and sells in Asia using American hardwoods. Open positions include: Operations ManagerManufacturing Engineer, a 3D CAD / CAM / CNC Operator, and tailor made Internships for 2 months to 2 years. Contact Email

 

New Owner – Climbing Gym in Cambodia

If you are looking for an opportunity in Phnom Penh for a business with tremendous growth and a heart for the people and the nation, Phnom Climb might just be right for you. Phnom Climb Community Gym is Cambodia’s only indoor climbing facility. We are a business inspired by a passion for building community, health, and trust in Phnom Penh. We are called to foster an environment where people of all experiences, cultural backgrounds, and economic classes can build genuine friendships. Please email us to receive a copy of our prospectus.

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Various Positions – Web Essentials, Software Development in Cambodia

Passionate about developing software and developing people? We are looking for experienced professionals to join our Cambodia and Switzerland based team. Web Essentials is an innovative, web development agency providing high quality services to international customers. Founded on Open Source and Christian values, we partner with clients to build quality digital experiences while building further capacity and opportunities for young Cambodians. We are pioneering fair trade software development – delivering excellent quality and social impact. We are looking for like-minded people to come onboard our mission.

Chief Technology Officer: Works at the intersection of technology and human development. The role ensures the organization has skilled and competent human resources to deliver quality products to clients and provides leadership in all areas of technology: systems architecture, local development tools, QA processes, coding standards, and product development.  Link to job description

HR Manager: Provides leadership and direction to the HR and Admin Team ensuring the most appropriate HR policies, procedures, programs and support are in place to assist Web Essentials meet its strategic objectives. The HR/Admin Manager plays an essential role in cultivating and promoting an innovative company culture that emphasizes open and free communication, fair, respect, treatment of all employees, and inspires and empowers people to do their best to achieve their personal development and business outcomes. Link to job description

Sales Executive: Collaborates with an international team to generate new business and maintain existing customers in strategic markets that align with the Web Essentials Sales strategy. With a special focus on using technology to solve tough problems in developing countries, the Sales Executive builds strong relationships with our customers to find creative solutions that helps them achieve their organizational goals. Link to job description

Link to more positions on Careers page

 

Various Positions – Khalibre, Software Development in Cambodia

Working with Khalibre means changing lives:

  • Locally- in Cambodia by providing discipleship opportunities, professional skills development and real jobs.
  • Globally- our enterprise software helps 1,000’s of missionaries spread the gospel around the world.

We are looking for women and men with good technical skills and a desire for cross cultural missions.

Find out more about the company Khalibre and our product Crosswired.

Front End Web Developer – Are you an experienced front end web developer with good UX skills for enterprise web solutions? If you want to do excellent work, share expertise and build friendships then this cross-cultural mission challenge is for youContact here

Visual & Interaction Designer – Are you an experienced Visual and Interaction Designer who can take basic mock-ups and bring them to life in beautiful and creative ways? Then you can be an agent of transformation in peoples’ lives in Cambodia with Khalibre. Contact here

UX Designer – Are you an experienced UX Designer who is able to design enterprise web solutions for a global audience? Then you can transform lives in Cambodia and for 1,000’s of missionaries globally at Khalibre. Link to job description

Software Testing Lead – Do you have vast experience in software testing and have a desire to pass on your life and professional experience to young Khmer who are starting out in the technology industry? Contact here

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Various Positions – IT Company in North India

Envision yourself as part of a team built on the foundation of servant leadership, where we intentionally support each other in growth as individuals and a company. Since 2001, we have been working in India providing businesses in the West affordable and quality IT resources to keep their companies growing, while creating local jobs that build team direction and personal growth.  We’d love for you to bring your skills and leadership to our team, accelerating our growth so that we can impact more lives globally.

Business Development “Hunter”: Acts as the lungs of our business, working strategically to qualify and turn prospects into long term clients. This person works from their home office (or co-working space) closing deals that will be delivered by our software teams in India. Download job description| Apply Online

Account Manager “Farmer” in India: Grows trustful relationship with our clients in order to create multi-project, mutually fruitful relationships. Focuses on staging the projects and coaching the delivery team toward success in our offices in India. Download job description | Apply Online

Technologist in India: Works closely with our development and testing teams in India to encourage continuous learning and quality products via strategic processes. Download job description | Apply Online

College Student Intern in India: Soaks up an immersive multicultural experience along with the most practical real-life education on the market—all while creating value and becoming an integral part of our team. Download job description | Apply Online

Gap Year Internship in India: Acts as a Jack-of-all-Trades by flexibly taking on different responsibilities and projects throughout the entire company, providing real value while also gaining multicultural experience in the many different components of business. Download job description | Apply Online

 

Various Positions – Software Development Company in Vietnam

We are an IT outsourcing company located in SE Asia and are currently looking to hire for various positions to join our growing team. We are looking for people who can also take an active role in discipling our staff and interns. Previous work experience is important but we are open to training and working with individuals if we feel that they have the right heart and personality fit for our company.

Technology Director: Establishes a technical vision for the development team and works with developers to turn it into reality. This person is also responsible for building strategic client relationships and ensuring project are executed and delivered in a way that meets the customer’s needs and expectations. Link to job description

Senior Developer: Maintains and expands client relationship by ensuring projects are executed and delivered in a way that meets the customer’s needs and expectations. This position is also responsible for building strategic account plans and making sure these account objectives are met. We are looking for someone who has either Ruby on Rails, Java, C#, Nodejs or PHP experience. Link to job description

English Teacher: Maintains and expands our relationships with several of the local IT universities by providing English classes and being part our internship program. This person will be critical in teaching and mentoring University students and has a great opportunity to have a profound impact on the student’s lives. Link to job description

Account Manager: Maintains and expands client relationship by ensuring projects are executed and delivered in a way that meets the customer’s needs and expectations. This position is also responsible for building strategic account plans and making sure these account objectives are met. Link to job description

 

Positions in Multiple Companies – Transformational SME

Transformational SME is a global community that assists Christian-owned and managed small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs) to grow in size, profitability and wholistic impact across North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Transformational SME helps companies to identify, recruit, deploy and support entrepreneurs, managers and other professionals for strategic roles. Whether your strength is business management, people development or you have a passion for maximizing business and manufacturing processes, business as mission has something for you!  Most companies have need for competent people with business skills to manage growth and impact. Using your transferable skills and passionate spirit for the Kingdom of God, you can contribute to the wholistic impact of an existing BAM company across North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. For an exploratory conversation contact: TransformationalSME@gmail.com

Goat Dairy – Southeast Asia

This Goat Dairy Company has leveraged a technologically innovative and scalable model for producing shelf stable goat milk and related products at commercially significant volumes to meet the demand of an existing and dynamically expanding market.  The farm’s milking operations, processing and packaging is done on site.  The Company aims to address poverty and human trafficking in the communities in which it operates by creating sustainable income-generating opportunities for the rural poor. 

Farm Manager – The company is in a period of rapid growth and recruiting for a Farm Manager with experience in any commercial dairy farm management. Language learning is recommended. The candidate should hold a degree in farm management or 3-5 years’ experience. An in-country salary will be paid based on experience.  Some fund raising may be necessary.

Head of Herd Reproductive and Health Services – The qualified candidate should be a Vet, Vet Tech, Animal Scientist or have required practical experience in developing and implementing herd health protocols and artificial insemination in dairy animals; small ruminants preferred, but not required. Language learning is recommended. An in-country salary will be paid based on experience.  Some fund raising may be necessary.

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Seafood Farm – Southeast Asia

This BAM company is primarily interested in developing a profitable company based on best practices for their industry and the transformation of the cultures in which they do business. Expat workers need to be humble, continuous learners, resilient and patient; the harvest will come after a long growing season. They are working toward producing enough profit so all employees can receive compensation, however, at this stage of their business growth, all expats will need to raise their own support.

Post-Harvest Processing Manager – The Post-Harvest Processing Manager is responsible for seafood processing through the pre-sales activity (storage, shipping, distribution to customer).  The Manager is to lead the processing department toward production goals while refining methodology to reach optimal efficiencies. S/he will report to the site management team and have responsibility for: process development (cooking, drying or freezing), equipment selection, continuous improvement, developing best practices, developing/training 12 employees for future expansion.

Food Scientist – The Food Scientist is responsible for value added product development.  The Food Scientist will develop new products and improve existing products in close partnership with marketing and sales teams.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: R&D, food safety, develop quality systems, work collaboratively with production, marketing, sales and finance.

Physiologist – A Physiologist, with background in genetics and pathology, will oversee selective breeding, brood stock maintenance, and feeding regimes.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: Brood stock selection, select breeding protocol, develop best practices (breeding, growing, feeding, harvesting), continuous improvement, etc.

Supply Chain Manager – The Supply Chain Manager is responsible for supply chain, working with department managers to meet company goals and create efficiencies.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: develop KPI’s for each stage of the farming process, cost analysis to maximize profitability, develop and improve best practices to ensure inter-departmental efficiencies, etc.

Hatchery Manager – The Hatchery Manager is responsible for all hatchery/spawning production.  This person should be highly organized and able to create and oversee standard operating procedures.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: brood stock selection, conduct spawning sessions, manage 12 staff, feeding stock, maintenance of equipment and texting labs, etc.

IT Technician – The IT Technician is responsible for the implementation and management of all company information technology.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: recommend/implement top programs, software, and technology for company success, Train staff to use technology for business operations and analysis, etc.

Marine/Environmental Biologist – The Marine Biologist is responsible for animal health and the symbiotic, positive relationship between our farm, animals and environment.  S/he will work under the supervision of our on-site management team. This position will involve a combination of activities: develop animal husbandry techniques, create a symbiotic relationship between animals and environment, monitor key environmental growth factors, develop best practices, continuous improvement, etc.

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Manufacturer – Southeast Asia

This manufacturing business based in Southeast Asia exists to make a difference in the lives of its local community and currently employs 165 local workers, providing skill-enhancing jobs in an economically marginalized corner of the country.  It has established itself as a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly products.  The potential for job creation in an economically depressed region and serving an unreached people group is already well established.   

Finance Director, Manufacturing – An opportunity exists for a dynamic Finance Director to be positioned at the heart of this pioneering mission-led business.  In this life-transforming role, the Finance Director will have 3-5 years’ experience in accounting, be responsible to lead and develop a small team of national employees and the finance function; cost accounting, financial/strategic planning, risks/profit analysis and direction for making sound business decisions.  The qualified person will have strong leadership and problem-solving skills, understanding of ERP software and a track record with experience in finance/manufacturing environments. While English is the language of business, local language learning is recommended. 

Manufacturing Consultant (1-3 Years) – This opportunity as Manufacturing Operations Consultant will position you at the heart of a leading missional manufacturing business for a life-transformation role.  The Company exists to bless its local community and currently employs 165 people in secure, up-skilling jobs.  This is a fixed term role (1-3 years) with a focus on strengthening national leadership.  You will have succeeded if over time, the local leadership team is equipped and empowered to run strong operations themselves, with manufacturing processes in place to an international standard.  The qualified candidate will have experience in continuous improvement, manufacturing oriented, 3-5 years successfully managing/developing teams and have strong analytical and interpersonal skills.  S/he will hold a relevant degree or possess equivalent experience.  

Business Development Manager – The Business Development Manager will be responsible for overseeing and implementing an effective business development strategy which drives new sales for the business and helps the business achieve its long-term vision for its transformational purpose. You will have succeeded if solid long-term relationships have been developed with clients resulting in sustainable, increasing sales.  The qualified candidate will have 3-5 years’ experience developing long-term relationships bases on good business ethics. S/he will hold a relevant degree or possess equivalent experience.  

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Manufacturer- Nepal

This for-profit, social enterprise is dedicated to creating, training and employment opportunities for survivors of exploitation and discrimination in Nepal. They are a World Fair Trade Guaranteed company, an ethical manufacturer of different products that export to North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. All positions pay some in-country salary that will be commensurate with experience.  Cost of living is low, however some support will need to be raised. 

Business Development Manager – The successful Business Development Manager will be enthusiastic, motivated, and confident, as well as passionate about results, growth and helping people transform their lives. S/he will be able to identify the right opportunities, enjoys connecting with potential clients, be independent, creative, self-directed and good with numbers. In this role s/he will be responsible for a variety of activities including developing a long-term growth strategy for manufacturing, coordinating sales activity with other departments, and developing customer relationships based on ethics, reliability and best practices.  Location is negotiable. This position reports to the Director located in Nepal. 

Marketing Manager, and Sustainability Coordinator – Some of the characteristics of a successful marketing manager and sustainability coordinator are creativity, effective communication skills, ability to market through social media and utilize analytics. While the candidate doesn’t need to be a sustainability expert, s/he should be interested in having a positive impact on the environment and should be able to do research on this topic and learn quickly. This position is located in Nepal and reports to the Sales and Marketing Team Leader.

Project Manager – The qualified Project Manager should have experience leading and managing complex projects in an operations environment, and be able to develop strong, healthy relationships with customers and internal departments.  S/he should be detail oriented, a learner, passionate about continuous improvement and articulate. This position is located in Nepal and reports to the Lead Project Manager.

Labor Training Manager – The successful Labor Training Manager will be able to learn new operations quickly, able to teach and mentor others, have a continuous improvement mindset, and work well across cultural/language barriers. The qualified candidate will be keen to learn Nepali and have possess 3-5 years’ manufacturing experience. This position is located in Nepal and reports to the Operations Manager.

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Engineering Company – South Asia

This construction/Civil Engineering company was established in the 1960s.  It directly employs approximately 35 staff.  The Company offers high quality design and construction services with the honesty and integrity that would serve as a witness to Christ across the country.  It generates employment, manifests an ongoing commitment to training and has contributed in significant ways to the work of charitable organizations in the country.  The company remains strong in terms of engineering excellence and technical competency.  

Technical Director – The Technical Director should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the construction industry, as well as experience in financing projects, tendering projects and financial management – preferably in the developing world. S/he would hold a university level engineering qualification (Civil engineering or Architecture being the most suitable) together with professional registration in some form.  This position is responsible for all technical drawing and construction specifications for materials, project costing and all other technical details of each project.  This position is one of the top leadership roles in the company. The person who fills this role will have significant influence over business strategy, direction and community events/interactions with the local culture. While English is the language of business, local language learning is recommended. Some in country salary will be paid, however, some support will also need be raises. Benefits, including stock ownership, will be negotiated and will be commensurate with experience and ability.

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Classroom Teacher – School in Southeast Asia

Transform Lives as a Teacher in SE Asia! Our International School has grown to 700 students in 6 years in a small community on the coast in Southeast Asia. Opportunities to transform lives are increasing but are held back by the need for teachers who love well and are flexible and committed to quality and creative education. The school has a unique opportunity in a growing city where our school reputation is strong and impact already seen. The school serves national students. It is international because of the unique education for students to become capable and compassionate contributors in a global society.

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Business is on Mission Around the Globe

by João Mordomo

Recently, a friend of mine said, “It’ll be great when there are some BAM success stories to talk about.” I couldn’t conceal the shocked look in my eyes as I began to open up his eyes to the reality — yes, reality! — of current BAM successes. But it would have been much easier if I could have simply handed him a book and said, “Read this!” Or pointed him to a short, powerful video series on business and wealth creation. Or recommended some deeply thoughtful and biblical reports about how wealth creation is a key tool in bringing Gospel transformation to the poorest and least-reached people and peoples of the world. Or explained how an entire BAM ecosystem is developing in one of the largest countries in the world!

Now I can. (And so can you.) Over the past two years, the Lausanne Business as Mission Issue Network, together with BAM Global, has been busy producing and providing an assortment of resources related to BAM and wealth creation that are now available in multiple formats and languages. I want to share about a few of them.

Let’s start with a book called BAM Global Movement: Business as Mission Concepts & Stories, written by Gea Gort and Mats Tunehag. Gort is an author, journalist and missiologist who researches, speaks and writes about subjects such as BAM. Tunehag is a global ambassador for business as mission, a co-founder of BAM Global, and a former Lausanne Catalyst. Together they have done a tremendous service by assembling case studies that reflect all sorts of good and God-honoring BAM diversity, be it geographical, denominational, strategic, or in the sheer variety and scope of business activities and arenas. From Europe to Africa to Asia to the Americas, Gort and Tunehag take the reader on a global journey, stopping in on BAM practitioners and BAM activities that are bringing spiritual, economic, social and even environmental transformation to people and communities all over the world.

Throughout the journey Gort and Tunehag weave in some robust biblical underpinnings and teach BAM best practices (and even a few “not-so-best” ones!). They and their collaborators help the reader understand the importance of entrepreneurship and investing and incubating and accelerating, and that while BAM is not a one-size-fits-all solution, it nonetheless is a very real and relevant part of God’s plan to be glorified by engaging His whole Body — the “laity” as much or even more than the “clergy” —  to tackle and transform issues of poverty and justice and the lack of Gospel access. This book is an excellent introduction to BAM and useful both for personal benefit as well as teaching in the classroom.

And speaking of classrooms, Lausanne has launched an exciting initiative called the Lausanne Global Classroom. One of the first ‘Classrooms’ is on Wealth Creation, based on the Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation, which took place in March of 2017, with about 30 participants from 20 nations, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia.

Over one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990 — more people in a shorter amount of time than ever before in history — due largely to job and wealth creation through small and medium sized businesses. We understand wealth creation to be a holy calling, a God-given gift, commended in the Bible, and a powerful means to eradicate poverty and transform lives, communities, societies and nations for the glory of God. The Wealth Creation Global Classroom is evidence and fruit of this belief. It consists of 13 video lessons, totalling about 45 minutes, based on teaching and interviews with the specialists who participated in the consultation.

Additional fruit from the Wealth Creation Consultation includes seven ground-breaking reports — including Wealth Creation and Justice, Wealth Creation and the Poor, and Wealth Creation and the Stewardship of Creation. You can also read the one page Wealth Creation Manifesto which: calls the church to embrace wealth creation as central to our mission of holistic transformation of peoples and societies; calls for fresh, ongoing efforts to equip and launch wealth creators to that end; and calls wealth creators to persevere and diligently use their God-given gifts to serve God and people.

Brazil is an excellent case in point, an example of what can happen when Christian business professionals begin to understand business as a calling and wealth creation as a godly gift. The BAM vision has been promoted in numerous ways in Brazil since 2001, and then plodded along for nearly 15 years. If we use the “diffusion of innovation” theory as our guide, BAM was solidly in the first phase (“innovators”) of the inverted bell curve, slowly becoming discovered and embraced by key leaders in business, education, mission agencies, and churches, but not by the church at large.

However, in the past three years, we’ve seen a fairly quick uptick in interest, acceptance and utilization of BAM. In other words, it seems that BAM is now entering the second phase (“early adopters”) of innovation theory. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest this. So much, in fact, that a seminal BAM ecosystem is now clearly visible in Brazil:

From the “B” (of BAM) perspective, we can find events to encourage Kingdom and BAM entrepreneurship (similar to “startup weekends”), as well as recently founded BAM incubators, accelerators, and investment funds. There is a growing number of professional services — for example, legal and accounting — becoming available that have a Kingdom mindset and desire to serve BAM goals. There are dozens of Christian-owned businesses that are intentionally moving in the direction of becoming BAM businesses. There are at least two universities that are actively supporting Kingdom business and BAM projects.

From the historical “M” community side, there is a rapidly growing number of churches and mission agencies — as well as the Brazilian Association of Cross-Cultural Missions itself — that are embracing BAM and training and equipping BAM practitioners.

After many years of planting seeds, BAM Brasil was born – an extension of the BAM Global and Lausanne BAM networks – and the first-ever ‘congress’, the Congresso BAM Brasil took place in Maringá, Brazil from November 1st to 4th, 2018. With around 300 people present from all regions of Brazil, and representing four key spheres of interest (business, academia, mission agencies and churches), the congress was by all measures a resounding success. In the wake of the congress, BAM Brasil continues to work to invigorate the BAM movement in and from Brazil. 

If you are feeling envious of those who participated in the BAM Congress in Brazil a few months ago, I’ve got good news for you. The second Business as Mission Global Congress is scheduled to take place in Thailand from 29 April to 3 May, 2020. Mark your calendars!

In the words of Mike Baer, one of the early leaders in the modern Business as Mission movement, “We exist to support church planting among the unreached people groups of the 10/40 Window through the seamless integration of business as mission.” Today — two decades into a movement that truly has become global — we see that BAM is capable of being more than that, but it is never less than that. May God continue to bless and use business for the sake of His great name, in all areas of every society, and among all peoples of the world.

Joao Bio Pic 100Dr. João Mordomo is co-founder and president of CCI-Brasil, a global church planting movement among unreached peoples. João serves variously as owner, managing director and board member of several BAM companies, and serves in several BAM leadership roles including at COMIBAM, BAM Global and Lausanne.

 

 

Cover - BAM Global Movement“Thankfully, there are now many authors who have written on the theology of business and its importance in God’s kingdom. However, the variety of examples and stories in this book truly bring it to life in a way that is clear and compelling. It is time that God’s purpose for business becomes a global movement!” Bonnie P. Wurzbacher, Former Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, Chief Resource Development Officer, World Vision International

“This is BAM at its best, TED Talk style. Topics are discussed briefly and then followed by practical cases studies that most any church or organization can identify with. These stories show that there is not only one way of doing BAM or running one kind of BAM business. If you read the book just for the case studies, it would be worth the price. If anyone still questions the importance of business as mission in reaching the world and value of integrating faith and work, read this book!”Patrick Lai, OPEN Network

 

 

Procurement and Technology Through a Spiritual Lens

by Ross O’Brien

In this series of blog posts, we have been looking at Porter’s Value Chain Analysis as a useful tool for business people seeking to maximize the value they deliver to customers while also seeking to gain a competitive advantage as they execute their strategy. If you have not yet read the previous articles, let me encourage you to read at least the introductory article linked here, as it will set the foundation for this and all the other articles in the series.

Beyond the traditional use of the analysis, we have also unpacked how the tool could be used as a way to help a follower of Jesus steward the resources of God’s company. In this sixth and final part of the series, we continue to examine the support activities of the value chain, this time focusing on Procurement and Technology.

 

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Dinesh Pratap Singh’s visualization for Porter’s Value Chain: CC BY-SA 3.0 

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Human Resource Management Through a Spiritual Lens

by Ross O’Brien

In this series of blog posts, we have been looking at Porter’s Value Chain Analysis as a useful tool for business people seeking to maximize the value they deliver to customers while also seeking to gain a competitive advantage as they execute their strategy. If you have not yet read the previous articles, let me encourage you to read at least the introductory article linked here, as it will set the foundation for this and all the other articles in the series.

Beyond the traditional use of the analysis, we have also unpacked how the tool could be used as a way to help a follower of Jesus steward the resources of God’s company. In this fifth part of the series, we continue to examine the support activities of the value chain, this time focusing on Human Resource Management.

 

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Dinesh Pratap Singh’s visualization for Porter’s Value Chain: CC BY-SA 3.0 

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The Role of Business Leadership Through a Spiritual Lens

by Ross O’Brien

This article picks up where we left off last year in the series on Value Chain Analysis Through a Spiritual Lens. If you have not yet read the previous articles, let me encourage you to read at least the introductory article linked here, as it will set the foundation for this and all the other articles in the series.

As we continue examining the way the value chain analysis can be useful, we need to keep in mind that these activities do not operate in isolation or for their own purposes. The activities in one functional area impact other areas and must be coordinated to help the company achieve its overall strategic objectives.

For example, if a firm takes a differentiation strategy in which its products, services, brand and marketing messages are unique from its competitors, then every functional area must seek to add value to achieving that objective of uniqueness. A company like Apple spends significant money on R&D, quality components and exceptional advertising to set its products apart. Primary activities including inbound logistics (sourcing components), production (quality control processes), and sales and marketing (advertising) must all support this objective, as well as the support activities of procurement (spending the necessary money to ensure differentiation) and human resources management (hiring, training, evaluating and compensating the kind of employees who will maintain the standards of excellence needed).

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