We are sharing a series throughout October on ‘What in the World is God Doing through Business as Mission?!’ We are aiming to ‘put the global into BAM Global’ by highlighting encouraging BAM developments from different parts of the world during this month.
God is on the move across the Americas! To provide an insight into just one part of it, Shay interviewed BAM Canada Co-Founder, Carrie-Anne Ballantyne.
Listen to their interview for a deep-dive into what BAM Canada is doing, how it is growing, and some really helpful tips for how to start and nurture a BAM network in your area:
What in the world is God doing through BAM Canada, interview highlights:
- The founders of BAM Canada had got involved in BAM Global and saw a gap for building a BAM network and facilitating more engagement in business as mission in the nation of Canada.
- BAM Canada hosts a private membership community, runs monthly events, and helps support and grow the work of local networks around the country.
- The network and events focus on one of the bottom-lines of BAM each quarter of the year: Purpose, Planet, People and Profit.
- As well as engaging business people and entrepreneurs, BAM Canada has also been offering opportunities to connect for church leaders, mission leaders, and academics.
- BAM Canada has definitely built on the pioneering work of the team at BAM Vancouver. All sorts of networks are possible and needed: city/local, region-in-country, national, world region.
- Top tip if you are thinking of starting a network in your locality: don’t despise small beginnings!! Start by getting together with a few others and talking and praying about what you can do.
- Network or community building isn’t just ‘build it and they will come’. It takes a lot of effort to keep communicating and many one-on-one conversations.
- A foundational part of establishing BAM Canada was a listening trip to several cities, to ask entrepreneurs and business people what they saw was missing and discovering felt needs. From this exercise they saw three themes: 1. Business entrepreneurs felt alone in their journey, 2. A common language was missing, so the concept of BAM wasn’t clear, and 3. There weren’t many ‘Canadian stories’ being told.
- They are seeing a growing interest in business as mission and stories of BAM in action, especially Canadian stories, really helps people get inspired.
- BAM Canada have been asking themselves how to close the gaps between people becoming inspired by the idea of business as mission and then getting actively involved.
- Don’t do it alone – join in with events and networks that are already happening – and PRAY! Ask God what he has for you.
- You can discover more and join the BAM Canada network from their website here: businessasmission.ca
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Join us live and find out more!
Come to the FREE BAM Global Connect event on Wednesday 8th November, 13:30–15:30 UTC. We’ll be sharing more about business as mission, plus an update on BAM Global news. There will be an opportunity to ‘Ask us Anything’ about BAM or BAM Global, and a chance to talk to BAM Global leaders live during our networking time about starting a BAM network in your region or country. Plus we’ll have a live report from BAM in Southern Africa & Ethiopia. Find out more about BAM Connect here.
Carrie-Anne Ballantyne is a co-founder of BAM Canada, along with Aubrey Tozer. She is a Canadian professional passionate about global business development with experience in the non-profit and business sectors. Additionally, she works as Business Dev. and Ops Lead at GlobalWorks. Carrie-Anne and her husband, Liam live in the capital city and love a great café.