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 movements of the gospel happen. That is why we call it, “Business for Movements” (BFM). We work mainly in the context of people that are involved in Church Planting and Disciple Making Movements.
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.
Business for Movements is a focussed strategy to reach the unreached through business and through raising up local indigenous people. We consider ourselves part of the larger Business as Mission movement.
We have experienced the following pitfalls:
- Someone who is either not gifted or not trained for the task tries to combine business and making disciples.
- Some people have the honest desire and the talent to combine business and making disciples, but become so absorbed in one aspect of the business that the other falls short.
- Someone has a hard time handling money in a good way and spends business money on his own personal expenses.
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 resources you have available to start your business
Many Church Planting Movements (CPMs) have characteristics that are ideal for BFM:
- 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.
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.
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 BFM (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 BFM and have similar passions to yours.
- Try to build relationships with one or two mentors.
- Sent us an email with your ideas.