Can Business accomplish Ministry objectives?

Servant Network is asking this question as we contemplate assisting ministries with jobs programs and funding.  BAM is an emerging concept, and worth your consideration.  What would you think of a business that provided job training for transitioning disciples, and also provided funding for the ministry assisting them?

Learn more:

The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission by Mark Russell

Coming in January 2010, review from – Business as mission BAM, an emerging concept and developing ministry, has drawn fascination in missions and business circles. BAM embodies the practice of using business strategically accomplishing missional purposes. Though the term is ubiquitous in mission circles, there is disparity between its meaning. There has been much theoretical discussion about BAM but far less research accomplished on how it happens out in reality. The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in-depth look at business as missions in action with an eye to expose the most effective principles and practices of this movement.

About the Author – Mark L. Russell has a PhD in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a bachelor of science degree in international business from Auburn University. His doctoral dissertation focused on business as mission (BAM). Mark has gained tremendous international understanding in his time living and working in Russia, Chile and Germany and in his extensive travel to more than 70 countries to carry out a variety of business, educational, humanitarian and religious projects. Mark has been published in more than 50 academic and popular level publications. Mark lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Laurie and their children, Noah and Anastasia.


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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One Response to Can Business accomplish Ministry objectives?

  1. Phil Mershon says:

    Would love to see a review of the book to be able to answer. The concept has a lot of merit. I’m finding many people in business who also have a heart for ministry and want to know how to use those skills toward that end. The skills have a lot of transferability, even though the goals can be disparate.

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