We surveyed 200 people engaged with business as mission in some way and asked them the question: ‘What is the hottest topic in the BAM movement today?’ Or in other words, what is the one question they would most like to see answered in business as mission. The wide variety of responses were grouped into these major themes to give an overview of some of the most important issues in the business as mission movement.
Here are the Top 10 ‘hottest topics’, in reverse order:
10. How do we mobilise more business people? How will business people embrace their calling and get involved?
9. How do we practice biblical, ethical business in the face of the face of hostile realities in the world? How do we maintain our values in the face of corruption and greed?
8. How do we measure the impact of business as mission? How do we know what success looks like? How do we measure that and remain accountable to our goals?
7. How can we use business to free people from oppression of all kinds? How can we solve poverty through business as mission and combat societal ills such as human trafficking?
6. Where are we going as a movement? What will the next generation look like? How can we scale up and multiply? Related to that, what is the role of franchising in helping us get there?
5. How do we do it? What works, what are some of the best practices in BAM and how can we implement them?
4. How can the body of Christ globally better understand this concept? How can we remove barriers to the Church supporting business people in their call to business in general, and for BAM specifically?
3. How can we practically incubate new business as mission models to see growth in the numbers of new BAM enterprises? How do we fund these businesses?
2. How do we successfully integrate the new mission model of BAM with more traditional mission models and strategies? How do we effectively navigate the transition?
1. How do we nurture a broader understanding of what mission through business means? How can we understand better the multiple bottom lines of business and how it can bring a holistic impact to communities and nations?
Originally posted on the BAM Global Think Tank blog, compiled by 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.