The Impact of the Wealth Creation Manifesto Globally

It is now three years since the Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation and subsequent publications. During August and September 2020, we’ve published a series of articles on wealth creation, reflecting on the eleven affirmations in the Wealth Creation Manifesto, which now exists in 17 languages:

Arabic 

بيان خلق الثروة Wealth Creation Manifesto Arabic

We praise the Lord for all the gifts He has given us. As written in the Bible and the Wealth Creation Manifesto, among them is the gift of wealth creation. Due to the increase in unemployment, the refugee crisis and the economic situation across the Middle East, we urge the church to build the earth and do its part in carrying out the appeals of the Manifesto. The Church of God should act for the glory of God to be realized among all peoples.

Joshua

نحمد الرب من اجل كل المواهب التي اعطاها لنا لمجده. كما هو مذكور في الكتاب المقدس وفي البيان، من ضمن هذه المواهب ‘خلق الثروة’. بسبب ارتفاع البطالة وازمة اللاجئين والوضع الاقتصادي بمجتمعنا وفي الشرق الاوسط بشكل عام، نحن نحث الكنيسة على اعمار الارض وعلى ان تقوم بدورها بالطلبات المذكورة في مناشدة البيان. يجب ان كنيسة الله تعمل لتحقق مجد الله في كل الشعوب

Bahasa Indonesia 

Manifesto Penciptaan / Kekayaan (Wealth Creation Manifesto Bahasa Indonesia)

We are grateful to see the work of Wealth Creation Manifesto, it provides us the framework to both understand and communicate same frequency, the “DNA” of Business As Mission movement worldwide. The urgency and importance for other relevant stakeholders (churches, marketplace leaders, society) to join the cause will help to establish sustainable ecosystem for BAM in the future.

Julian Foe, Kingdom Business Community

 

Chinese 

富宣言 () 拷貝 (Wealth Creation Manifesto – Simplified Chinese)

In Chinese-speaking areas of the business world, business is too often considered by nature unethical and that anything is acceptable if one makes a profit.  The Wealth Creation Manifesto shows that business and work come as a blessing from the Lord, requiring that as Christians we see our faith and work as integrated.

Dwight Nordstrom

 在商界的华语圈,经商往往被认为是不道德的,因为商人只要有利润,任何东西都可以接受。本文则表明,经商和工作都是上帝的祝福,要求作为基督徒,我们要把我们的信仰和工作视为一体。

創富宣言 (正體) 拷貝 (Wealth Creation Manifesto – Traditional Chinese)

我欣賞「創富宣言」呼籲教會、商界、政府和學界的領袖,將「創富」作為我們對社會整體轉化的核心使命。

宣言突顯了創富源於創造萬物的神,祂創造了一個豐富、充滿多樣性的世界。創富者應當受教會接納,經裝備後被派到各國的職場服務。

經過全球大流行的衝擊後,我們更需要以嶄新的思維和方式,加上堅毅的精神創造不同的財富,包括社會的、知識的、物質的和屬靈層面的財富,期望創富者堅持不懈,努力用神所賜他們的恩賜去服侍神和人。~ 東尼 ~

It is appreciated that the “Wealth Creation Manifesto” calls leaders in business, church, government and academia to embrace wealth creation as central to our mission of holistic transformation of peoples and societies.

The manifesto highlights that wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.  Wealth creators should be affirmed by the Church, equipped and deployed to serve in the marketplace among all peoples and nations.

After the impact of the global pandemic, we need even more new thinking and methods coupled with persistence to create different kinds of wealth, including social, intellectual, physical and spiritual wealth.  I hope that wealth creators will persevere and strive to serve God and people with the gifts God has given them.

Tony

Dutch 

Manifest voor Welvaartschepping / Wealth Creation Manifesto Dutch

My first encounter with the Manifesto was a breakthrough in my thinking about wealth, creating wealth and being wealthy as a Christian. To read these affirmations inspire me and many others to continue what we are doing, based on biblical foundations.

We are a group of people who with enthusiasm and energy are developing a BAM network in the Netherlands.  With the manifesto we feel a part of a much larger movement, part of the Body of Christ. The Manifesto helps us to explain who we are, what we do, why we are doing it, and what we are accountable for.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – Voor de grotere eer van God 

Bert Dorr, BAM Nederland

English 

Wealth Creation Manifesto

Wealth Creation Manifesto with Bible References

The 2019 Global Workplace Forum in Manila underscored the critically important role as well as opportunity that Christians in the workplace have in advancing the gospel, and contributing to human flourishing in every dimension of life. The Wealth Creation Manifesto highlights the importance of workplace endeavors that provide jobs and multiply resources for the benefit of entire communities. It celebrates the contribution of creative entrepreneurs as God’s image-bearers, and provides a biblically-based and historically proven route to alleviate poverty. Its eleven affirmations and three appeals warrant careful study and discussion as well as energetic action.

David Bennett, Lausanne Movement

Farsi 

بیانیه تولید درآمد (ایجاد سرمایه) Wealth Creation Manifesto – Farsi

The business principles of wealth creation allows God-given gifts to serve God and people.  Up until now, many churches, groups and even cultures would shy away from this principle simply because they didn’t fully comprehend its Biblical roots and its role in holistic transformation of cultures.  The underground church in Iran is experiencing an explosive growth and part of its sustainability and longevity depends directly on its comprehension of the role of wealth creation.  Wealth creation should no longer be a taboo, but a norm for the Church and society.

Dr. Mike Ansari, CEO of Heart4Iran

مسیحی از این حقیفت به دلیل چالشهای فرهنگی و بومی دوری کرده اند. ریشه ایجاد ثروت و تولید درآمد و ایجاد سرمایه را میتوان در کتاب مقدس مطالعه کرد و اهمیت آن را به عنوان عامل تحول مثبت در جامعه ارزیابی نمود.  از اینرو با در دست داشتن بیانیه تولید در آمد، قدم مثبتی را میتوان برای جامعه مان برداریم.  به امید اینکه روحیه تشویق ، محبت و صداقت برای تجهیزو راه اندازی سرمایه گذاران بخشی اززمینه فرهنگی و ماموریت مرکزی جامعه شود.

دکترمایک انصاری، مدیر مؤسسه Heart4Iran

French 

Manifeste de création de richesse : Wealth Creation Manifesto Français

Mon champ de bataille, en tant qu’entrepreneur, est en particulier le monde francophone et plus spécifiquement en Afrique. Le Manifesto pour la création de richesse est ma passion et ma vision depuis bon nombre d’années et le monde francophone a plus que jamais besoin d’adopter et de vulgariser une telle vision et un tel engagement. Le monde francophone soupire après l’émergence de ces créateurs de richesses, engagés dans la lutte contre toutes les pauvretés, reconnus et encouragés par la communauté des églises. Ils ne doivent pas seulement se limiter à être des consultants mais bien à devenir des entrepreneurs, porteurs d’innovations, créateurs de richesses et d’emplois.

My battlefield, as an entrepreneur, is particularly the French-speaking world and more specifically in Africa. The Manifesto for Wealth Creation has been my passion and vision for many years, and the French-speaking world needs more than ever to adopt and popularize such a vision and commitment. The French-speaking world longs for wealth creators, engaged in the fight against all forms of poverty, recognized and encouraged by the community of churches. They must not limit themselves to being only consultants but to becoming entrepreneurs, bearers of innovation, creators of wealth and employment.

Etienne Atger

German 

Reichtumserzeugungsmanifest : Wealth Creation Manifesto Deutsch

I appreciate the manifesto because it does not condemn wealth for Christians but appeals to people to create and share wealth for the Kingdom of God, and for the common good of society. In Germany, we need Christians in all spheres of society to be blessed and be a blessing. I hope the Manifesto will encourage us to be excellent in our work while glorifiying God through our resources. In the end, everything is from him, through him and for him.”

Evi Rodemann

Hindi 

Wealth Creation Manifesto

The wealth creation manifesto is a key document for the church in India because it dispels the common myth in our culture that wealth creation and Christian calling are contradictory.  The manifesto articulates the reason and purpose of wealth creation by the people of God.  I hope that many will read it and act on it in line with God’s plan for His people.

Joseph Vijayam

Japanese 

Wealth Creation Manifesto Japanese

I always appreciate the manifesto because it provides us with a basic theological affirmation on the role of wealth creation. I hope that the manifesto will continue encouraging Japanese Christians who are engaging in business to unleash their creative potential to effectively serve the Lord and people for His glory.

Tetsuya Morita, Tokyo Christian University

Korean 

Wealth Creation Manifesto Korean

I appreciate the Manifesto because it covers important aspects of the business from the viewpoints of creating wealth biblically according to the Creator’s intent, beneficially for people at large, and holistically addressing the holistic needs of people. I trust that such missional businesses will honor, please, and glorify God. I pray that the Manifesto will shape and sharpen the viewpoints of people – churches and businessmen alike – to help advance God’s Kingdom in and through business in the marketplaces, particularly in the marginalized areas including North Korea.

Jeffrey Lee

Portuguese 

Manifesto Sobre a Criação de Riqueza Wealth Creation Manifesto – Portuguese

No Brasil, precisamos renovar nossas mentes com relação à criação de riqueza e seu papel no Reino de Deus, que é compartilhar recursos intencionalmente e, assim, avançar em justiça e transformação do Evangelho para a glória de Deus. O Manifesto de Criação de Riqueza está provando ser um recurso tremendo para cumprir essa visão.

In Brazil, we need to renew our minds with respect to wealth creation and its role in God’s Kingdom, which is to share resources intentionally and thus move forward in justice and Gospel transformation to the glory of God. The Wealth Creation Manifesto is proving to be a tremendous resource to fulfill this vision.

Samara Brandao, BAM Brasil

Romanian

Manifestul pentru crearea de bogatie Wealth Creation Manifesto Romanian

As an entrepreneur, I appreciate the Wealth Creation Manifesto because it emphasizes the importance of creating goods and services. “There is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created”. In Romania, the church emphasizes the importance of giving. I hope that the church from Romania will understand the manifesto and will value Christian business people and entrepreneurs as part of their mission. Also, I hope that business people from Romania will understand that their business is their mission and God uses it to heal the world.

Adrian Buhai

Russian

Wealth Creation Manifesto Russian Манифест «Создание материальных благ и библейская перспектива»

Большинство евангельских христиан в Евразии считают, что ЕДИНСТВЕННАЯ задача христианина – это рассказывать другим людям о том, какое значение имеет смерть и воскресение Иисуса Христа. Многие считают, что улучшение качества жизни и восполнение материальных нужд не только не является служением Богу, но часто даже препятствует исполнению Великого Поручения, поскольку люди в нужде быстрее откликаются на проповедь. Манифест о создании материальных благ показывает, насколько эта деятельность важна в глазах Бога. И что она сама по себе является неотъемлемой частью Радостной Вести.

Most еvangelicals in Eurasia believe that our only task is to tell others about the story about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many believe that improving the quality of life and meeting material needs is not a real ministry. And even more:, many evangelicals believe this hinders the fulfillment of the Great Commission, because people in need respond faster to the Good News. The Wealth Creation Manifesto shows how important this activity is in the eyes of God, and that it is an integral part of the Good News.

Mikhail Dubrovskiy, BAM Russia

Spanish 

Manifiesto de creación de riqueza Wealth Creation Manifesto Espanol

Many Christians have been very concerned with several aspects of the so-called ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and rightly so. Nonetheless, many times this concern may lead us to some sort of animosity toward the creation of wealth, as if wealth creation could never be a gift from God.  My prayer is that in Latin America, where social disparities are so marked, the well-balanced and biblically based content of the ‘Wealth Creation Manifesto’ will contribute to bring awareness to one of the topics that should be at the top of our Christian agenda.

Marcos Amado, Founder and Director of ‘Martureo Center for Missiological Reflection’

Swedish

Manifest om välståndsskapande / Wealth Creation Manifesto Swedish 

In the Nordic countries we need to understand that wealth creation is part of our purpose as co-creators with God. Furthermore, we need to take more initiatives. We should use all the inventiveness and entrepreneurship our region has been known for, to bring glory to God, and bring justice, freedom and development to our world. The Wealth Creation Manifesto gives the church a clear description of our God given mandate and responsibility to challenge and send also our entrepreneurs into all nations, to obey the Lord by using skills and experiences to solve problems, create jobs and welfare.

Hakan Sandberg

Turkish 

Wealth Creation Manifesto – Turkce

Bir Türk Hristiyan, pastör ve yaşamının büyük bir bölümünü seküler iş ortamında geçirmiş biri olarak, bu manifestoyu sevinçle karşılıyorum. Özellikle bu manifesto aracılığı ile tüm Hristiyanların Tanrı’nın kusursuz yaradılışının bir parçası olan işlerimizinde Tanrı’nın yüceliği için kullanılabileceği bütünsel bir iman anlayışını arttıracağını ümit ediyorum.

I am so pleased to hear the manifesto which I welcome wholeheartedly as a Turkish Christian, a pastor and a person who worked in secular field most of his life. I particularly welcome its holistic understanding of mission, where our so called secular life is part of God’s good creation to be redeemed and used for God’s glory.

Revd Engin Yildirim, Team Vicar at St Michael at Bowes Parish Church

More in this series:

Wealth Creation Manifesto: Affirming the Role of Business People in God’s Plan for the World
Shaping Our Views on Wealth, Wealth Creation and Wealth Creators
Creating Wealth for God’s Glory and the Common Good
Business Is a Holy Calling That Should Be Affirmed by the Church
Alleviating Poverty by Creating Businesses and Sharing Wealth
Business as an Agent of Human Flourishing and the Greater Glory of God
Business as Good News to the Poor
A Cup of Cold Water: Business and the Stewardship of Creation

Mats Tunehag is a senior global ambassador for BAM and has worked in over half the countries of the world. He is the chairman of BAM Global and contributes to TransformationalSME.org. Visit MatsTunehag.com for BAM resources in 21 languages.

 

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Let’s Get Local: Developing Both the Localization and Globalization of BAM

by Joseph Vijayam

In 2013 I was on a business trip in Jakarta. One afternoon my host asked if I would join him for a gathering of believers in his office building. To my surprise, this was not a small gathering of believers; it was a full-fledged worship service with songs, intercession, testimonies, and a short sermon with over 100 people in attendance. During the time of testimonies, people were sharing about their needs, including those at work, home, and in their communities. One of the business owners in the room shared that he sees himself as a pastor to his co-workers. At that moment, I realized that here in one of the megacities of Asia, weekly church service had taken a new form. The venue was a business conference room, the people in attendance came as individuals rather than families, significant time was spent in sharing of testimonies by new believers, and the time of their meeting was on a busy weekday. Every aspect of the event perfectly fit the needs of first-generation believers working in high rise offices in Jakarta. 

Though the purpose and function of the Body of Christ have remained the same, its local form has changed from age to age and from one culture to another. What I experienced in Jakarta was a unique expression of the local church that is ideal to the city of Jakarta for this generation. If the gathering of believers can take different forms, can our approach to bringing people into the Church be just as creative and specific to their situation? Not only do I believe that it can, I think it is essential.  Read more

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.  Read more

Central Asia: Disciple-Making in the Marketplace

In the world of “Business 4 Transformation” we often seem to be enamoured with outward appearance, even though we know that we should be striving for lasting fruit (which usually does not go hand in hand with glitz and glory!) In Kazakhstan, we are facing a similar challenge as the last 10 years have been a time where people have been tested, somewhat by persecution but more so by the coming of the glitz of wealth that believers were not well equipped to deal with. As a result, many are not walking with the Lord and the need for ordinary business people who live like Jesus (even just a little like Jesus) in the marketplace remains a huge need, in order to see expansion of the Kingdom of God in the nation.

Kazakhstan is a largely bi-vocational country where paid pastors remain a small minority. But how do you make a living and do ministry where there are few good examples of Godly business people to follow? Business people are beginning to be seen as legitimate believers within the national church, which is a big change in recent years.

After many years of working in Central Asia, I believe the greatest need is such a simple one that it is often overlooked.  We have so many methods, but the Scriptures say simply, “Go and make disciples.” This is simple but the results are so stunning. We are called to go deep into a disciple’s life with the truth of Scripture, “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded”. This may sound simple, but it takes lots of effort. In obeying this command, I will be inconvenienced and there will be setbacks as we encounter life’s problems. But, it is so rewarding to see disciples taking hold of the Scriptures for themselves – and then repeating it with another person! Read more

13 BAMers Share: Why Engaging in Missional Business is Important for Southeast Asia

We ask BAM practitioners – both nationals and expats – all over Southeast Asia to share why they think missional business is vital for their nation, and why they are doing what they are doing. Here is what they told us:

 

Missional Business in Myanmar is very important because business opens so many doors where traditional missions doesn’t. I’ve shared my faith with non-believers more since doing business than when I was teaching youth ministry to local pastors. I think when you work in a country like Myanmar where there is no middle class there are huge opportunities for poverty alleviation through business and also engaging the rich in business as well. I’ve had amazing open opportunities to talk with the wealthy, government, and poor communities. Missional Business is so important for the gospel in a country like Myanmar.

Ryan – from the USA, doing business in Myanmar

 

Engaging in “Missional Businesses” in Myanmar is very needed for both aspects: mission and business. We have had social mission strategies before. But the fusion of business and mission is a new effective way to reach people in the workplace.

Sang Sang – from Myanmar, doing business in Myanmar Read more

The Opportunities and Challenges for BAM In and From China

China’s economic growth of eight to ten percent annually for the last twenty years, creates an ideal commercial environment for business as mission within China. There are many opportunities for doing business and large amounts of foreign investment available. At the same time, as one BAM practitioner in China has noted, “China has one of the largest unreached populations in the world, business is a significant channel for Christians to effectively impact countless people and help set them free from sin.”

In the BAM Global Think Tank Report the opportunities and challenges of doing business as mission both in and from China are shared. These observations from surveys, case studies and a SWOT analysis confirm great potential for BAM in and from China. However, the Chinese mission movement is still growing into maturity and experience of business as mission is very new. The Chinese church both inside mainland China and overseas has a long way to go to fully understand and embrace the strategy of business as mission. They must learn from their own difficult experiences and also connect with the wider BAM movement in order to be more effective for the future. Read more

Business as Mission from Australia and New Zealand

It is usually a mistake to lump Australia and New Zealand together! Each is quite different in characteristic from the other and each enjoys a bit of friendly joking about the other, as well as a fierce sporting rivalry. However, one thing they do have in common is that both Australians and New Zealanders have been among BAM pioneers, with a steady interest in business as mission growing in each country. We ask two BAM friends from each nation to share about their involvement:

 

Our journey in BAM started when I was fired from the position I was working in with a mission agency in Nepal. In retrospect, it was the best thing that could have happened. That was 2000. We started a software company, and slowly grew until we now have a staff of 12 in Nepal, 5 in New Zealand and 3 in other countries. We make software for managing pharmaceutical supply chains, which is now used in about 30 countries.

Right from the start we had a strong sense of rightness about starting down this path, and when it’s been tough we’ve hung on to that. It’s a good thing to have. Here are a few things we’ve reflected on along the way:

Things are fragile, especially at the start. A change of mind here, the stroke of a pen there, and we would have a very different story to tell. It’s good to remember this when we start to feel that we’re pretty good at what we do, and good to remember when others fail – it’s not always in our hands. Read more

Transformational Business in Haiti [Video]

Daniel Jean-Louis speaks about the challenges and opportunities of Business as Mission in Haiti in an interview with Roxanne Addink de Graaf.

For more on BAM in Haiti, read the BAM Global Think Tank Report Business as Mission in Haiti.

This video was recorded at the BAM Global Congress in April 2013. Read more

BAM 2779: Following the Brazilian Business as Mission Journey

by João Mordomo

License plates in Brazil are a combination of three letters and four numbers. For decades, the license plates in my state, Paraná, have begun with “A”. Recently, however, the increasing number of vehicles on the road has pushed us into unchartered territory. All new plates begin with, you guessed it, “B”. The current system allows the plates in our state to range from AAA 0001 to BEZ 9999. In the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t help but notice an increasing number of new cars on the road whose plates begin with “BAM”. At first it was just one or two, but now it’s increasingly common to see BAM plates everyday. As of the last week of May, there were at least 2779 of them!

There seems to be a parallel with “business as mission” BAM as well. Blame it on innovation theory if you want, but the fact is that BAM is finally, and noticeably, gaining a foothold here in the world’s fifth largest country. We’ve moved from the innovation phase to the early adopter phase, and this is evidenced in numerous ways. Just a few of the BAM developments we are now seeing on the road to spiritual, social and economic transformation include:

BAM Conferences

The concept of BAM first showed up on the Brazilian church’s radar at the 3rd Brazilian Congress on Missions (CBM), in 2001, in the form of a 15 minute overview given by a global BAM statesman. The first BAM event in Brazil was held a year later, in Curitiba, with a few dozen people (and the same statesman). Then every year or two another event would take place, in addition to the seminars offered at the 5th, 6th and 7th CBMs in 2008, 2011 and 2014. In just the past two years, however, we’ve seen events take place not only in Curitiba, but also in other major cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Vitoria, and others — and these have been larger and tackling a more diverse range of BAM issues. Several international networks such as Lausanne, BAM Global and Open B4T (as well as several marketplace ministry and tentmaking networks), have been instrumental in helping develop “BAM Brazil” in many of these locations. Read more

Six BAM Views from the Continent of Africa

We asked people working on the front-lines of BAM in different parts of Africa to share some of their experiences and perspectives. They see business as a powerful means to share the message of the Gospel in the marketplace, deepen the impact of Jesus’ teachings on society, tackle evils such as poverty and corruption and mobilise the next generation of African Christians to transform their own nations. Here are six BAM views from Africa:

 

BAM is crucial in South Africa as a key to two major challenges: discipleship and economic empowerment. South Africa is said to have a high percentage of Christians, however, like many other parts of the world, sin is a key challenge. Corruption, sexual immorality, crime and other evils are on the rise, indicating that Christianity has not been making the kind of impact on society as it should. Business as mission could therefore provide an avenue for regular discipleship in the marketplace, as believers model Godly character and leadership.

South Africa also has a high percentage of poor people, although it is Africa’s most advanced economy. BAM – especially ‘BAM at the base of the pyramid’ – may be the key to large scale sustainable economic empowerment, particularly through the establishment of SME sized companies in rural areas.

Henry Gwani is originally from Nigeria, now working in BAM in South Africa Read more