Why do you call it “Business For Mission” and not “Business As Mission”?
By its very nature, business may not make disciples for Jesus. Also, there are many believing business people, who do not make disciples, because they never share their faith. We believe that business can be shaped intentionally and done in a way that will further the gospel and make disciples. Business can be done so that mission happens. That is why we call it, “Business for Mission” (BFM).
With using business to spread the gospel, we don’t mean using business as a “cover up”. We are talking about business as a legitimate money making entity
What are the major challenges and risks in doing B4M?
We have experienced the following pitfalls:
- Someone who is either not gifted or not trained for the task tries to combine business and mission.
- Some people have the honest desire and the talent to combine business and mission, but become so absorbed in one aspect of the business that the other falls short.
- Another pitfall may be: an eager worker may try to do too much, too soon. Moving to a new country and starting mission and business simultaneously can seriously threaten success for either goal – business or mission. Perhaps not enough time has been given to understanding the new culture.
How do I find the right business for me?
We see three major criteria for finding the right business:
- Your personal capability: giftings, experiences and passions
- Market needs in the country of your choice
- The business of your choice should allow you to meet a lot of people and build a network
What role does B4M play in Church Planting Movements?
Many Church Planting Movements (CPMs) have characteristics that are ideal for B4M:
- CPMs have a high number of leaders, who will work in a regular profession.
- They often operate on a simple church model that is easy for business people to learn.
- There are similar dynamics between CPMs and business development – pro-activity, networking, training, empowerment.
- Business people can become cross cultural coaches and trainers for CPMs without a seminary degree.
Why are believing business people so fruitful with a simple church planting concept?
A simple church approach is attractive and suitable for business people. It is easy to learn, it is dynamic, it creates growth, it is strategic. It is about leader development and empowerment.
Do I have to be self employed?
No. Sometimes it may be even easier to be an expatriate employee for a larger corporation than starting your own business. You will get a lot of support for language learning and cultural adjustment. You will not have the stress of a start-up in a foreign country. You will have to keep your employer’s interest in mind. Every kind of mission work may not be acceptable.
What are the best ways for a business person to get involved?
There are many entry ways for business people to move into mission. Here are few thoughts that may help:
- Pray and seek God’s guidance
- Read a few books on mission and B4M (The mission’s world is much more diverse and fascinating than people can imagine)
- Get educated about countries you feel called to (talk to missionaries from those countries, take short term trips)
- Check mission organizations that do B4M and have similar passions to yours
- Try to build relationships with one or two mentors.
- Sent us an email with your ideas
What about Franchising?
Franchising may be an ideal way for missionaries to start a business. A proven Franchise concept will make it easier to start a business, because a lot of business parameters are already in place. It would be even easier, if the franchisor already has business experiences in the country of your choice.