BAM Job Opportunities – March 2021

Welcome to the updated list of BAM Job Opportunities on The BAM Review for March 2021.

 

Internships – Various BAM Companies

OPEN is looking for interns for between 6-12 weeks to work in BAM Companies in Africa, Middle East and all parts of Asia. On-site and virtual internships available now through 2021. More information

 

Sales and Marketing Team Leader – Manufacturer in Nepal

Our mission is to provide world-class, ethical manufacturing that empowers marginalized people and survivors of exploitation to fresh starts and fulfilled lives. The job purpose will be to increase our sales by effectively leading the marketing and sales team to find new contract sewing clients. As the marketing and sales team leader, you lead our marketing and sales efforts. You are an enthusiastic, motivated, and confident individual, passionate about results and growth. You can identify the right opportunities and enjoy connecting with potential clients. You can think strategically and manage a team of five people. Download Job Description

 

Coffee Roastery & Café for Sale – Hospitality Industry in Nepal

An existing business owner is seeking a buyer/investor-manager interested in carrying on the coffee operations for a well-established coffee business. It’s a great opportunity for someone looking to establish a presence in Nepal and avoid the heavy foreign investment requirement that is usually necessary. Download Purchase Prospectus

 

Various Positions – Handmade Production Company in South Asia

We are a business located in South Asia that is passionate to create employment for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Through our non profit affiliate we provide a path to employment to ensure that women and children never face the threat of human trafficking again. Our company provides safe and secure employment, on site daycare facilities, and wrap around support allowing each woman to build a bright future for herself and her children. Every day we observe the transforming power of hope and love through employment. We are inviting someone with strong marketing and fundraising skills to grow and improve our production in order to provide more opportunities of freedom and hope to women and children. We currently are seeking people for the following roles:

Fundraising and Marketing Manager: Develop fundraising tools and strategies for our non profit, while also supporting staff to promote and sell our products and services in order to create holistic services and employment for survivors. More information

Production Manager: Oversee production systems and procedures, promoting efficiency and growth in order to grow as a brand and to employ more vulnerable women. More information

 

Executive Director of Operations – Transformational business in Southeast Asia

Seeking an Executive Director for a transformational business in Southeast Asia. This business is fully integrated in manufacturing, production, quality, sales and marketing. The director has direct reports who are managers from all the departments of a diverse and dynamic staff of approximately 50. Contact Email

 

Various Positions available Through 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

Water Filter Technology Manufacturer – Managing Director in Laos

A social enterprise in Laos, operating since 2010, provides affordable access to clean water through a simple household water filter technology.  The company’s goal is to holistically transform the communities they touch; economically, socially, environmentally, and spiritually.  This company is seeking to hire a managing director.

The Managing Director leads the operational staff, guiding the day-to-day operations into alignment with the big picture.  S/he has a broad base of skills but most importantly, knows how to effectively lead people, communicate, and make decisions.

The qualified person should possess

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a technical field (an advanced degree such as an MBA would be preferred, but not necessary)
  • Experience managing people and systems
  • A leadership track record and business experience
  • Experience working in a developing country

This company pays competitive local-level salaries for all its positions.  Expats generally have an additional financial support structure to provide for needs of repatriation, health insurance requirements, etc.  The company can help find these support structures if they do not already exist for a candidate.  The contract is for a minimum of 1 year.  Contact Email 

Sports-related Equipment Distributor – Sales and Marketing in UAE

This is a family-owned distribution company of outdoor and sport products (premium brands of scooters, skateboards, bikes, helmets, swim gear, other sporting equipment, and more) to the Middle East market, that has been in existence in the UAE since 2012.  The company operates openly as a business seeking to honor Christ in everything it does.  Presently selling primarily via brick & mortar premium mall stores, it has opportunities to sell in hotels, grocery stores, pharmacies, and through online co-branded platforms as well.  Sales are into 8-9 countries in the Middle East.  This company is recruiting additional Salespeople to expand potential sales channels.  Because of cash restraints, work would be on a commission basis with the opportunity for the successful salesperson to turn this into a salaried position.  Contact Email

Light Manufacturer – Business Development Manager in Bangladesh

This light manufacturing business located in NW Bangladesh has established itself as a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly products.  It has expertise in sourcing, processing, design and manufacturing products using a range of natural materials for the global market.

This social enterprise exists to serve a chronically poor community and currently employs 165 people in secure, upskilling jobs in a marginalized corner of the country.

The company is recruiting a Business Development Director who would be responsible for developing and implementing an effective strategy to drive new sales for the business and ensure long-term achievement of its vision.

Responsibilities would include sales and marketing activities, ensuring the company’s sales targets are realistic and consistently achieved, preparing an annual sales plan based on an understanding of the market and industry, and providing feedback to the company leadership regarding demand, competitive offerings, as well as generate product development ideas.

The qualified candidate would have 5+ years of pertinent experience in implementing sales and marketing strategies and a proven track record of managing customer accounts.  S/he would be a self-starter who thrives within an entrepreneurial environment.  Contact Email 

Apple Tree Nursery – Sales and Marketing Manager in Kazakhstan

This apple tree nursery and orchard management company is run by national staff who have been trained by US experts in all areas of nursery production.  Client packages range from tree sales to orchard project packages, including consulting and management.  Current capacity is 100,000 trees annually with the potential to expand to 1 million trees depending on the market.  This company has a respected legacy in the region and is currently in a turnaround, growth mode.

The company is recruiting a sales and marketing manager to sell the company’s products to existing and new clients, build and promote strong, long-lasting client relationships, and assess the market locally and in the region.  As a member of the management team, s/he will help design and implement a strategic business plan, including an effective advertising strategy to expand the company’s presence in the market.

The qualified individual will demonstrate experience in sales and marketing in the Central Asian Region, be fluent in Russian and English, have understanding of local customs and practices, as well possess basic horticultural knowledge of tree production processes to ensure a high rate of success.

This position would ideally be located in Almaty, Kazakhstan with the ability to travel to the nursery location and potential clients in the region.  Compensation to be discussed.  Contact Email 

Cattle Farm – Feedlot Manager in Mongolia

Located in rural Mongolia, this beef production enterprise was founded by a Canadian rancher.  The company utilizes modified feedlot practices to alleviate environmental degradation of overgrazing wisely experienced in the country.  The product is a high-quality beef sold in both retail and wholesale markets, mainly in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.  The business has won praise from the government for its innovative approach.  Through its steady-state processes, it additionally impacts the lives of herders and society in general by offering regular incomes and long-term employment.  The business has great potential to grow.  Those with hands-on farming experience would be offered long-term visas and the opportunity to positively impact this region of the world.  Financial support raising would be necessary.  Contact Email 

Engineering & Construction Company – Technical Director in Pakistan

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.

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.  Contact Email 

Teachers/ Administrators – International School in Malaysia

This international learning center located in the capital of Malaysia is seeking to expand to a fully licensed international school in new facilities with significant growth potential in the student body.  It is operated with a K-12 American curriculum and has clear Kingdom missional intent.  As part of its missional strategy the school caters to a wide range of clientele including international Christian workers, refugees registered with UNHCR and the local, difficult-to-reach Malay population.  A wide range of positions could be offered, including elementary/primary teachers, ESL specialist, special needs teacher, administrators/section principals and specialist teachers.  Most of the current staff is fully supported through their sending agencies, however small local salaries can be made available as needed.  Contact Email 

 

Practical Education Network – STEM Education in Ghana

Practical Education Network (PEN) is a social, mission-driven enterprise that promotes STEM education in Ghana. PEN trains STEM teachers to deploy hands-on activities using locally-available materials, so that students can learn experientially and develop problem-solving skills. With over 100 local trainers, 3,000+ teachers trained, and half a million students reached, PEN is making an impact in the Ghanaian education ecosystem, and has a vision of reaching all of West Africa within the next 5 years. Join us in the journey! Contact Email

Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation ManagerMore Information
Advocacy OfficerMore Information

 

Various Positions – IT Company in Southeast Asia

We are a team of Jesus loving technologists who founded and run a software development company in SE Asia since 2014.  Our mission is to unleash the God given potential in our team to do amazing work and become visionary leaders who can wholeheartedly serve Jesus Christ. Our vehicle for change is the workplace, transforming a profit focused system into a community focused one that invests in building a person’s character while feeding the spirit, all for the glory of God.

We are looking for like-minded individuals to join our growing team. If you are interested in any of the following positions, give us a shout!

Account Director: More Information

Technology Director: More Information

Production Manager: More Information

Senior Developer: More Information

English Teacher Intern: More Information

 

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: 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: 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  

 

General Manager – Supermarket in Papua New Guinea

The Unity Supermarket Interim Board is looking for a highly skilled and vibrant individual who can fill the General Manager’s position for a start-up supermarket in Papua New Guinea.  The key responsibilities of the General Manager will be to provide strategic leadership and management over the entire Supermarket Operations, develop strategic and operating plans, develop the company’s sales strategy, establish business relationships with suppliers and lead and train a time of leaders to drive the operations.  Download job description | Contact email

 

Senior Web Developer  – Web Essentials, Software Development in Cambodia

Passionate about developing software and developing people? We are looking for experienced professionals to join our Cambodia team. Web Essentials is an innovative, digital products and services company 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. We know you will build life-long friendships and be a part of a rewarding vision to build up people to live out their God-given capacity within a fun and challenging environment. The Senior Web Developer, as part of the Scrum Team, is responsible for designing, developing, and testing technical solutions and contributing to the team delivering a quality product that meets the clients’ requirements. They will also act as a mentor within the team. Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Link to job description | Link to Careers page

 

University Teachers in China

Academics In Asia offers a variety of academic courses to be taught at a university in Central China. Courses are in primarily through two departments: the School of Foreign Languages and School of Business. Academic teachers prepare lectures and discussions for classes of 60 students on average, and multimedia classrooms are assigned for these courses. The full-time teaching load for academics is 12 class hours a week, providing ample time for preparation and meeting with students. Textbooks and other resources, including supervision, are provided. Applicants with corresponding degrees, teaching experience or work experience in an academic course discipline will be considered for openings. There are vacancies in the following subject areas: ESL Teachers,  Business teachersEnglish compositionMarketing coordinator. Apply by May 1st, 2021. Download PDF | Contact email

University Basketball Coach in China

The position requires relocation to their university in Central China. Work closely with the Athletic Director and head coach of the Basketball team to prepare students to engage in the business of basketball in China.  Each year this team plays in regional competitions as well as host to international competitions. Chinese language is not required, but your interest to learn Chinese as you coach is helpful. College degree required along with degree in coaching or 2+ years of collegiate playing experience. Half your time will include teaching PE at Sias University. TEFL Certification and training is not required until after a job offer is given. Open until Filled.  More Information  | Download PDF | Contact email

 

Mechanical Engineer for BAM Company in China

Responsible for bathroom products design, development, and testing. Good command of the program of new product design and development. Has experience in project management. Deal with the problems in production and product related design. Looks for ways to optimize. Contact email

 

Business Development Representative – Investment Banking, USA

Stillwater Capital Corporation, a leading mid market Investment Bank based in Toronto, focused primarily on M&A Advisory services, is in search of a Business Development Representative to generate new opportunities for Stillwater within the mid market business community, including Christian / Catholic business communities in targeted US markets. Working with the Director of Business Development and the Executive Team, the Representative must be a self-directed individual contributor who is highly ethical and whose values mirror Stillwater’s. Download Information

 

Business Opportunity – Shower Door System Distribution & Installation in 10/40 Window

BAM opportunity for 10/40 Window companies to sell, distribute, and install American/European quality shower door systems from a like-minded leading shower door manufacturer. Bulk 20 foot or 40 foot container shipments priced near cost around USD$20,000 to USD$40,000. Home installs allow for 2-3 hours of relationship building and sharing with families. Contact email

 

Business Opportunity – Real Estate Photography in the USA and Asia

Next Door Photos partners with Kingdom-minded entrepreneurs to operate local real estate photography companies. Through our remote editing partnerships, we help train and employ men and women rescued from, or at high risk of human exploitation, or who live in economically disadvantaged communities! We are looking for Local Owners nationwide in the USA to work with partners in Asia. More information | Contact email

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Business as Mission: Looking Back and Looking Forward [Video]

Watch this 12 minute excerpt from a conversation Mats and Jo recently recorded on ‘The History of BAM‘. Hear some thoughts on the theme of ‘Celebrate’ for this month on The BAM Review, some of the history and context in which the current BAM movement fits, and some of the things we are looking forward to in BAM Global.

The full 45 minute conversation on ‘The History of BAM’ will be bonus material for the BAM Global Congress in April 2021. See more information on the Congress below.

Read more about the BAM Resource Team here and BAM Global here.

 

 

JOIN US AT THE BAM GLOBAL CONGRESS

A GLOBAL MEETING POINT FOR THE BAM COMMUNITY

Join us at this innovative virtual main event framed by a lead-in series of monthly webinars and a follow-up series of workshops and meet-ups.

We will CELEBRATE what God is doing through business around the world, CONNECT you with a global network of people and initiatives, and CREATE momentum to multiply the BAM movement for greater impact.

PRE-CONGRESS WEBINARS: October 2020 to March 2021

CONGRESS MAIN EVENT: 28 – 30 April 2021

POST-CONGRESS WORKSHOPS: May 2021 to July 2021

REGISTER NOW: Basic Congress Pass – $100, Premium All Access Pass – $175

It is not too late to register for the Premium Pass, all webinars in the pre-series have been recorded and will be available to ticket holders.

 

 

 

Let’s Celebrate! Significant Growth Areas for BAM Over 20 Plus Years

by Jo Plummer

Business and mission have been woven together in various ways through history since Paul the Apostle made tents in New Testament times and modelled Christian leadership in the marketplace. However, through the 1970s, 80s and 90s there was a grassroots growth of business professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to intentionally integrate business and mission, marking the beginnings of the contemporary tentmaking and then business as mission movements. At the very end of the 1990s and the early 2000s, there was a burst of activity around  business as mission: 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.

The Business as Mission Resource Team (who develop this website and blog) celebrate our 20th anniversary this month, having been founded in March 2001. We’re in a celebrating mood!

Two years ago, to celebrate about 20 years since the term ‘business as mission’ was first used and discussed, we asked a group of BAM leaders to share their view on what progress we can celebrate in the BAM movement over the last 20 years or so. We’re reposting it this month as part of our CELEBRATION series.

What are some wins, or significant growth areas in business as mission that we should note and be thankful for?

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  Read more

Celebrating God’s Purposes for Business

by Jo Plummer

We have chosen the themes: CELEBRATE, CONNECT & CREATE for the upcoming BAM Global Congress.

As we gather the BAM movement together from every corner of the world, we want to:
+ CELEBRATE what God is doing through business around the world
+ CONNECT with a global network of collaborators
+ CREATE momentum for the future of business as mission

In March, as we prepare for the Congress next month (see information below), we are going to focus on the theme of CELEBRATE!

I believe that to do effective business as mission, we must start with a solid foundation of thinking about business from a biblical perspective. In other words, before we get to the ‘as mission’, we need to understand God’s design for business – and yes, celebrate it, because it is really good!

Celebrating God’s Purposes for Business

It is no secret that my favourite quote about business comes from Dallas Willard who said that, ‘Business is a primary moving force of the love of God in human history.’ [1]

Business, done well, is glorifying to God and has enormous potential to do good. Business has an innate God-given power to create dignified jobs, to multiply resources, to provide for families and communities and to push forward innovation and development in human society.

In Deuteronomy 8 we read that it is God who gives us the ability to produce wealth. He provides abundant natural resources so that we can use our creativity, talents, and hard work to provide for ourselves and innovate for society. Business processes naturally generate wealth and resources; companies are able to create good products and services for the benefit of communities. Business pushes forward innovation, helping societies develop; enterprises bring in new technologies, skills, and training to communities. Business, done well – not forgetting the Lord our God (Deut 8:11) – is glorifying to him.  Read more

Transforming Views of Business in the Church Worldwide

by Jo Plummer & Mats Tunehag

This post is the third in a series of three that share the BAM Global Big Hairy Audacious Goals – our ‘BHAGs’ for the global business as mission movement.

BAM Global is one of the founding partners of this website and aims to be a catalyst for connection and communication across the BAM community. These goals are not ones we expect to accomplish by ourselves, instead they drive our mission to invigorate the BAM movement – to strengthen and enrich this community so that the hundreds and thousands of companies, networks, agencies, churches, institutions, etc. in the movement see these BHAGs realised together.

The BHAG: Transform views on business in the church worldwide

Business as mission is not simply a method or strategy; it encompasses a worldview and business praxis based on biblical principles and the church’s teaching. The sacred-secular divide is still permeating the church. What is considered ‘sacred’ (worship, faith, church activities, etc.) is often judged to be more valuable that the ‘secular’ (work, business, material goods, etc.) The clergy (pastor, missionary, etc.) are considered to have a higher calling than the laity (teacher, business professional, lawyer, etc.). This is still a dominating paradigm among many Christians around the globe.

As a consequence, business people and professionals in the church do not fully understand that their gifts, skills and experience are vital to God’s kingdom work on earth. Many feel that the most ‘spiritual’ thing they can do is to give financially to those doing the ‘real ministry’, and, if they really want to serve God, they should leave their company behind and become a missionary or pastor. While generosity and a true calling to church leadership is to be commended, this narrow view of the value of business ultimately hinders the mission of the church.  Read more

Reaching a Tipping Point for Macro Impact Through BAM Businesses

by Jo Plummer & Mats Tunehag

This post is the second in a series of three that share the BAM Global Big Hairy Audacious Goals – our ‘BHAGs’ for the global business as mission movement.

BAM Global aims to be a catalyst for connection and communication across the BAM community. These goals are not ones we expect to accomplish by ourselves, instead they drive our mission to invigorate the BAM movement – to strengthen and enrich this community so that the hundreds and thousands of companies, networks, agencies, churches, institutions, etc. in the movement see these BHAGs realised together.

The BHAG: Reach a tipping point for macro impact through BAM businesses

The global BAM movement has grown rapidly in the last 20-plus years. There are now thousands of BAM businesses, and countless BAM-related initiatives in businesses, churches, missions and academia. As a growing number of business people follow Jesus in the marketplace and shape their businesses for God’s glory and the common good, they will have a positive impact on the financial, social, environmental and spiritual well-being of people and societies.

Through the BAM Think Tank processes we have documented significant holistic transformation taking place through companies, affecting many stakeholders – employees, customers, suppliers, neighbours, officials, etc. – and on many levels. The BAM ecosystem is now large, varied and global, and has the hallmarks of a true movement. This is a positive growth and a strength.  Read more

Solving Global Issues with Innovative BAM Solutions

by Jo Plummer & Mats Tunehag

This post is the first in a series of three that share the BAM Global Big Hairy Audacious Goals – our ‘BHAGs’ for the global business as mission movement.

BAM Global is one of the founding partners of this website and aims to be a catalyst for connection and communication across the BAM community. These goals are not ones we expect to accomplish by ourselves, instead they drive our mission to invigorate the BAM movement – to strengthen and enrich this community so that the hundreds and thousands of companies, networks, agencies, churches, institutions, etc. in the movement see these BHAGs realised together.

The BHAG: Solve global issues with innovative BAM solutions

Business as mission is about serving God and people, seeking holistic transformation through business. We know that businesses are strong transformational agents and they can bring solutions to many human problems and needs.

The biggest lift out of poverty in the history of mankind has taken place in our generation. This has happened not through aid but trade – through businesses – especially small and medium sized companies. Financial wealth has been created through business, but so has physical wealth (health, medicines, etc.), cultural wealth (books, theatres, museums, etc.), and many other kids of wealth. Wealth creation through business and job creation has been and continues to be a key driver for welcome progress in society.  Read more

The A to Z of BAM: U to Z – from Untapped to Zero

by Mats Tunehag

U – Untapped

The Church is bigger than we think. If we want to see holistic transformation through business for generations to come, we need to recognize the scope of the Church, and think strategically.

There are about 2.4 billion Christians in the world; every third person on the planet has some Christian faith and affiliation. That’s an untapped resource.

Opus Dei [1] is a Catholic order founded in 1928 and operating in 66 countries. Its main message is “that every honest work can be sanctified”. The mission is to empower this relatively untapped and huge group: “They are making the Gospel present in all their activities, whether brilliant or humble and hidden, … in order to love and serve God and other people”.

The 2nd Vatican Council worked from 1962 to 1965, involving 2400 bishops and 500 experts. One of the documents affirms the godly role of laity, which should be equipped to serve in the marketplace. [2] It talks about a “royal priesthood”, which should “witness to Christ throughout the world, … in everything they do”.

Lausanne is a global network of Evangelical leaders initiated by Billy Graham in 1974. Lausanne organized a Global Workplace Forum in the Philippines in 2019. It was another important time of reflection, and mobilization of the untapped; [3] relating to about 500 million Evangelical Christians.

We want to affirm, equip and deploy business people from the whole church to serve God and the common good. 

 


V – Vocation

Work is not to be confused with employment. In English we sometimes use the word vocation, and for some it merely means a job, a profession. But the Christian concept is deeper and wider. Vocation has Latin roots and is related to calling. [4]

God calls and equips people to work in different vocations. The English writer Dorothy Sayers talks about Kingdom values in relationship to work and vocation, “not, primarily, as the thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do.” She notes in her essay ‘Why Work’ that “what the Church should be telling him (a carpenter) is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.” [5]

There is also a call to business, it is a vocation: “Entrepreneurs, managers and all who work in business, should be encouraged to recognise their work as a true vocation and to respond to God’s call in the spirit of true disciples. In doing so, they engage in the noble task of serving their brothers and sisters and of building up the Kingdom of God.” [6]

Let’s give Thomas Merton the final word: “All vocations are intended by God to manifest His love in the world.” [7]

W – Wealth

There are different kinds of wealth: financial, social, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual. Wealth can be created, shared, hoarded and destroyed. Hoarding is condemned, and destruction is certainly not commended! Sharing is good and encouraged. But there is never any wealth to be shared unless it has been created.

Our views on wealth, wealth creation and wealth creators are important.

One can compare the health and wealth of nations with the same culture and language like South and North Korea, and West and East Germany. We can witness how a potentially rich country like Zimbabwe has gone from being a bread basket to a basket case in southern Africa. The oil rich Venezuela is another tragic example of how disregard for basic wealth creation principles has destroyed a country.

So, what is the role of wealth creation when it comes to the holistic transformation of people and societies? What does the Bible say, and the Church teach? What lessons have we learned throughout history and around the globe about wealth creation, especially through business? How is wealth creation related to justice, the poor, human trafficking and creation care? All these questions and more are addressed in a blog series [8], reports, and an educational video series. Learn more about “The Global Impact of the Wealth Creation Manifesto

X – Xenophile

Many of us love learning about different cultures, customs and cuisines. We are intrigued by a vast and varied universe, and the complexity of our planet. They make up a beautiful mosaic which speaks loudly about a creative Creator. And He became one of us, in space and time, in a specific culture and country. The first Church council, recorded in Acts chapter 15, paved the way for celebrating a God who identified with a people and culture, but who at the same time can be manifest in all cultures, and also transcends them all. An incarnational mystery! These are reasons we are xenophiles.

BAM businesses come in all shapes and forms, and speaks different languages and have many cultural expressions. BAM is not one-size-fits-all.

The BAM movement has many centers on different continents, operating in many countries and cultures, advocating various BAM causes in a multitude of ways, and it gathers a variety of BAM constituencies. BAM exists in many languages, and some of the biggest BAM initiatives in the world do not operate in English. The Wealth Creation Manifesto, to give one example of the polyglot nature of BAM, exists in 17 languages. See footnote [9] for a few BAM websites in different languages.

We embrace and celebrate our diversity. BAM is xenophile!

Y – Yes

Business as Mission, BAM, is not our idea. It is a part of God’s plan of creation, redemption and restoration. BAM is a story within the greater meta-narrative, from the garden to the city, from Genesis to the book of Revelation.

Thus, BAM is not something we have made up, and now try to impose on others. No, BAM is about responding to God’s call, and to affirm, embrace and internalize His purpose for business, and our call to it.

We say yes when he says “come and follow me in the market place”. As we follow Him, we are inviting other to say ‘yes’, and to join us on our journey with God in the business world.

Z – Zero

Pizza night! You and your wife decide to share a pizza, but then your two kids show up. So, you decide to share, a quarter each instead of half a pizza per person. Then the neighbors come over, a family of four. What do you do now? Smaller slices per person? Or do you get more pizza?

Your answer may reveal an attitude, and a problem-solving method which is also used when it comes to economics and business.

To continue the analogy, some argue that there is a fixed amount of pizza, and the more people show up, the smaller the pieces. Some call for ‘simplicity’ or a ‘simple lifestyle’ as a solution; which nobody can really define. They state that resources are finite and projections are usually linear. This can lead to doomsday scenarios, which even Malthaus presented but was proven wrong.

Others say: let make more pizza! Let think creatively, and outside the box. How can we start more businesses, create more food, more green energy solutions, more housing, and more jobs? That is the BAM response. Creating more wealth does not make other people poorer. That is a zero-sum game.

We believe in a God who creates in abundance, and who wants us to create more and in abundance, so all can flourish.

 

Read more:

A-E – Avodah to Environmental

F-J – Freedom to Justice

K-O – Kingdom to Opportunity

P-T– Power to Tikkun Olam

 

Look out for the final part of the A to Z of BAM series: from Untapped to Zero on The BAM Review blog next week.

 

BAM: A to Z graphic design by Tanner Germany

Footnotes

[1] Opus Dei is part of the Catholic Church. The name is Latin for “Work of God”. Opus Dei’s mission is to spread the Christian message that every person is called to holiness and that every honest work can be sanctified. The founder Saint Josemaría says that Christians working in the world should not live “a kind of double life. On the one hand, an interior life, a life of union with God; and on the other, a separate and distinct professional, social and family life.” 

[2] See also blog The Global BAM Think Tank and the 2nd Vatican Council 

[3] See the paper on BAM submitted to the Global Workplace Forum: https://www.lausanne.org/content/business-mission-global-workplace

See also Lausanne’s Cape Town Commitment: 3. Truth and the workplace, and an article by Lausanne’s leader Michael Oh: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/june-web-only/apology-christian-99-1-percent-lausanne-gwf-michael-oh.html

[4] Albeit not the final arbiter on the issue, Wikipedia nevertheless has some helpful observations on the word vocation, the concept and its Christian use.

[5] D. Sayers in ‘Why Work?’: “In nothing has the church so lost her hold on reality as in her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turning to purely selfish and destructive ends. and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in religion. But is it astonishing?  How can any one remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?  The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays.  What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.”

[6] Vocation of the Business Leader, published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

[7] Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

[8] Blogs in this series:

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

The Global Impact of the Wealth Creation Manifesto

[9] Chinese: chinesebam.com 

Dutch: businessasmission.nl 

English: bamglobal.org & businessasmission.com

Portuguese: bamglobal.com.br 

Romanian: bamromania.ro

Russian: businessasmission.ru 

BAM in 21 languages: MatsTunehag.com

 

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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The A to Z of BAM: P to T – from Power to Tikkun Olam

by Mats Tunehag

P – Power

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Saks said, ”Poverty crushes the spirit as well as the body, and its alleviation is a sacred task”. There are of course different kinds of poverty and wealth. One can be financially rich but socially poor. One can be endowed with great intellect but suffer from spiritual poverty. Business as Mission, BAM, is addressing this by creating different kinds of wealth through business.

Many are asking: how can we fight poverty? We rather ask: how can we create wealth? The biggest lift out of poverty, in the history of mankind, has happened in our generation – not through aid, but through trade. Check this four-minute video which deals with the affirmation in the Wealth Creation Manifesto, which observes that business has the “power to lift people and nations out of poverty”.

Businesses, especially small and medium size ones, are powerful instruments for holistic societal transformation.

 


Q – Quadruple

Business as Mission, BAM, is about having a positive impact on multiple stakeholders through multiple bottom lines.

BAM is about serving people, aligning with God’s purposes, being a good steward of the planet, and making a profit. These four words starting with ‘p’ make up the quadruple bottom line.

For planning, operation and evaluation we need at times to look at the bottom lines separately. But they belong together, they interact and overlap. They should never be disconnected; we only distinguish in order to unite.

BAM is a part of a broader movement which appreciates the importance of multiple bottom-line impact for multiple stakeholders. Many in the corporate world talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social enterprise. In BAM we recognize God as the ultimate stakeholder, and thus also talk about a spiritual bottom line or Kingdom impact. [1]

BAM is praying and working towards a holistic transformation of people and societies: economically, socially, environmentally and spiritually.

R – Return

Companies need financial capital to start and grow, and investors seek return on investments. That is good and right, but BAM reframes the discussion on what we mean by investment and also return on investment.

While acknowledging money and financial investors, we seek a broader understanding of capital that can be invested apart from money, like intellectual, social and spiritual capital.

An old school concept is maximization of shareholder value, focusing on increasing financial rewards to financial investors. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said our focus should rather be “the maximisation of human flourishing”.

Thus, the return on investment can take different forms, and even go beyond the original investors. The Wall Street model is too limited; we need a more broad and impactful BAM Street concept. Check this short video, less than 2 minutes: Wall Street vs. BAM Street.

You can also use St Patrick’s Prayer for Investors, excerpts:

Christ with me, as I invest for the common good and God’s glory

Christ before me, as I steward the wealth entrusted to me

Christ behind me, as I evaluate opportunities near and afar

Christ in me, as I invest time, treasure and talents in others

 

S – Shalom

Shalom is a Biblical concept of good and harmonious relationships. But relationships were damaged and broken through the Fall, as described in Genesis chapter 3.

Business is so much about relationships with staff, colleagues, peers, customers, clients, suppliers, family, community, tax authorities, competitors, and so forth. Through Christ there is a way to restored relationship with God, with one another, and with creation.

How can we as Christians in business strive towards Shalom, do business as Shalom? [2]

T – Tikkun olam

Business as Mission, BAM, is part of a greater godly plan which the Jews call tikkun olam – repairing the world. We are living in the tension of the world that is and the world as it ought to be. Tikkun olam means co-creating with God, and bridging the gap between the world which is, and to a world as it ought to be.

The American Jesuit theologian Roger Haight writes in ‘Spirituality Seeking Theology’ (2014), “God has entrusted creation to human beings not merely as caretakers of a past condition but as co-creators with God of the future.

The 2nd Vatican Council also dealt with this, “Christ’s redemptive work includes also the renewal of the whole temporal order. … God’s plan for the world is that men should work together to renew and constantly perfect the temporal order. … the family, culture, economic matters, the arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations,…

Thus, we pray: May your Kingdom come in the marketplace, and may your will be done in my business.

Read more:

A-E – Avodah to Environmental

F-J – Freedom to Justice

K-O – Kingdom to Opportunity

U-Z – Untapped to Zero

 

Look out for the final part of the A to Z of BAM series: from Untapped to Zero on The BAM Review blog next week.

 

BAM: A to Z graphic design by Tanner Germany

Footnotes

[1] I wrote a brief paper in 2009 called The Mission of Business: CSR+ http://www.matstunehag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/The-Mission-of-Business-CSR+1.pdf

[2] Please see article Business as Mission is Bigger than you think: http://www.matstunehag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Business-as-Mission-is-bigger-than-you-think.pdf

 

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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The A to Z of BAM: K to O – from Kingdom to Opportunity

by Mats Tunehag

K – Kingdom

Christ is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. The early Church confessed Christos Kyrios – Christ is Lord. [1] It was revolutionary when the greeting was supposed to be Kaiser Kyrios – the Emperor is Lord. [2]

May God’s Kingdom come – may Christ the King be the ruler of our lives, business and the marketplace. BAM is recognizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and connecting Sunday with Monday. BAM is following Christ into the marketplace, among all peoples and to the ends of the world.

As the BAM Manifesto states: “We believe that God has called and equipped business people to make a Kingdom difference in and through their businesses.

Here’s a practical way to be Kingdom oriented in your daily life, and King Jesus-centered in your business: Pray St. Patrick’s BAM prayer. [3]

 

 


L – Lifestyle

BAM is not merely a superficial lifestyle choice, like the “flavor of the month”. BAM is rather a worldview and concept you internalize; it is like food you eat and water you drink – it becomes to some extent an integral part of you.

Ad fontes! Thus, we need to go back to the ancient sources, and drink from the deep wells of Judeo-Christian thought. We must internalize values and concepts found in the Holy Scriptures.  We must recognize our roots and understand our history, and acknowledge that we are standing on shoulders of giants who have gone before us.

Then – and only then – can BAM become a lifestyle, a natural expression of a Bible infused worldview. BAM will have a lasting impact if we are deeply rooted for the future. [4]

M – Mission

God so loved the world that he sent his Son. Christ sends us to the world, to all spheres of society – including the business world.

We are to make Christ known among all peoples on all continents, also through business. BAM means doing business in this global thrust: to all peoples!

Thus, we can never be satisfied with just local marketplace ministries, even though they are needed. We must venture beyond our default mode – which for most of us is to stay local, in our Jerusalem – as it were. But BAM is doing business with God and for people in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. BAM is a global mission – from everywhere to everywhere!

N – Needs

There is no shortage of needs around the world: physical, emotional, social, economic, spiritual, and environmental. There are needs related to poverty, slavery, corruption, environmental degradation and reaching the unreached peoples with the gospel.

Solving global issues – the world’s most pressing issues – with innovative BAM solutions is one of the Big Hairy Audacious Goals for business as mission championed by BAM Global. [5] The good news is that God cares for all of us in our totality.

Bishop Barron wrote: “When God came among us in Christ, he affected the work of repairing his broken and hurting creation. He is not interested simply in souls but in bodies as well.” [6] [7]

Business can and should be an integral part of addressing various needs. The BAM Manifesto states:

“We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers all members of the Body of Christ to serve, to meet the real spiritual and physical needs of others, demonstrating the kingdom of God. …. Christians in business should therefore be a part of this holistic transformation through business. … We recognise that there is a need for job creation and for multiplication of businesses all over the world, aiming at the quadruple bottom line: spiritual, economical, social and environmental transformation.”

O – Opportunity

Some see needs, and others see opportunities. Some see businesses as problems, others see them as problem solvers. Yes, business can be bad – just think mafia and human trafficking, for example. But God’s intention is for businesses to create opportunities to develop products and services, opportunities to solve environmental challenges and opportunities to create flourishing communities. BAM is about seizing this God given opportunity.

It is an opportunity to serve people: customers, staff, suppliers, families, investors, competitors, the industry and nations. Business is a strategic opportunity to create different kinds of wealth for many stakeholders. This is a godly mission. And our mindset should be abundance, diversity and flourishing.

The Wealth Creation Manifesto, which is available in 17 languages, says: “Wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.” [8]

Business is also an opportunity to glorify God! Both the BAM Manifesto and the Wealth Creation Manifesto conclude with: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – For the greater glory of God.

Read more:

A-E – Avodah to Environmental

F-J – Freedom to Justice

P-T– Power to Tikkun Olam

U-Z – Untapped to Zero

BAM: A to Z graphic design by Tanner Germany

Footnotes

[1] “…the claim of the first Christians was Iesous Kyrios—Jesus is Lord. This was bound to annoy both Jews and Gentiles. The Jews would be massively put off by the use of the term Kyrios in describing an ordinary human being. … And for the Greeks, this claim was subversive, for a watchword of the time was Kaiser Kyrios—the emperor is lord. A new system of allegiance was being proposed, a new type of ordering and lordship—and this was indeed a threat to the regnant system. We Christians are not announcing a private or personal spirituality, but rather declaring a new King. Every aspect of life—business, family life, the arts, sexuality, and entertainment—must come properly under his headship.”  Daily Gospel Reflections, by Bishop Robert Barron, 19 Jan 2021

[2] To learn more how this relates to BAM, see BAM 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 & Beyond”: http://matstunehag.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/BAM-TALK-2.pdf

[3] It is also available in Bahasa, Korean, Portuguese and Russian: http://matstunehag.com/2017/03/17/st-patricks-bam-prayer/

[4] In the article Deeply Rooted for the Future I elaborate on these deep wells; the wealth of Judeo-Christian heritage which we need to draw from so BAM can become a lifestyle. See

http://matstunehag.com/2020/12/23/deeply-rooted-for-the-future/ It is also available in Russian: https://businessasmission.ru/ukorenyatsya-radi-budushhego/ and Portuguese: https://bamglobal.com.br/blog/profundamente-enraizado-para-alcancar-o-futuro

[5] Learn more about BGlobal and the global needs and challenges that BAM Global has identified as BHAG’s: Big Hairy Audacious Goals at: https://bamglobal.org/about

[6] Advent Gospel Reflection, by Bishop Robert Barron, 16 Dec 2020.

[7] See short vignette in the Wealth Creation video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJajgVcPyzo&list=PLYGxDL2dvuo5k-Uk8FGxZj1QYcBe70_Vx&index=2

[8] See another short video in the Wealth Creation series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJajgVcPyzo&list=PLYGxDL2dvuo5k-Uk8FGxZj1QYcBe70_Vx&index=2

 

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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