business as mission

11) Learn about Tentmaking, Business as Missions, and the Bible

Now you can go to work today, for free, even before you go to work in a Business as Missions (BAM) context. Simply head on over to …


to experience the ultimate “31-day Challenge” and pick up a ton of resources all along the way. Learn how to make marketplace your ministry. You can also sign up to be alerted any time there are new postings. You just might make it work for you!

The Last Bit: Let’s Make a Reading List for Marketplace Ministries

Some refer to it as “business as missions” or “BAM” while others use the term ‘marketplace ministries.’ Some still just say, “tentmaking,” in a throwback to the apostle Paul. Regardless, the idea is the same: How can I integrate my work and my witness as one, regardless of where I serve in the world. Can I be INTENTIONAL about merging the two? Can I actually PLAN my career in such a way that it provides the best avenue for multiplying disciples and churches in answer to the Great Commission? Those are tough questions. They deserve serious answers. Let’s pull together some of the best resources here. If you know of others, please mention them in comments following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

First, there are several resources listed on the Antioch Journey website. See

There you’ll find resources like these (we’ve pulled some additional ideas from a friend named Allan and added a few ourselves):

First, to keep in mind the eventual goal (making disciples):
*** Contagious Disciple Making by David L. Watson and Paul D. Watson
*** Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
*** Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott
*** The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges

Then, books which specialize in marketpace ministry:
*** The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russel
*** Business for Transformation by Patrick Lai
*** Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen
*** Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice by C. Neal Johnson
*** Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer

Can you think of others? If so, please click comment following the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give!

9) New Business as Mission Resources

bamThe Business as Mission Resource website has just been completely redesigned with some brand new features. The new website aims to be a one-stop resource hub serving those interested in business as mission (BAM), now featuring: Toolkits that contain practical resources and tools for practitioners; a Blog that regularly publishes on key BAM topics, a Resource Library of BAM books, articles, events, links, organizations, media and training; and a Getting Started section for newcomers to business as mission. Visit the new site at:

Sign up to receive ‘The BAM Review’ – a digest email of the latest news and resources from the business as mission blog:

The website is a BAM community initiative and the editorial team warmly invites collaborators. Contact
editoratbusinessasmissiondotcom to find out about becoming a partner organization, blog contributor or adding a resource to the site.

7) From Yemen: The Project Outside the Project

What began as a way to pass time during child development sessions has turned into a regular meeting for mothers to connect with their daughters.  HISG supports learning and therapy sessions for children with physical and developmental disabilities in Yemen.  A new development in the project is that the mothers who brought their children to the learning center wanted something to do, and asked if they could learn to knit.  The group met diligently each week to learn new techniques and finish their projects.  This new activity has given the mothers a new sense of accomplishment, a shared identity with the other knitters, and a venue to spend time with their daughters.  The original scope of the project had nothing to do with knitting, yet the team in Yemen made it work because they understood that they had a unique chance to build a new sense of community around a new purpose. Learn more about this project and others like it at

1) Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe

East European Lake

East European Lake

We’re grateful this week for a financial gift from a project consultant with Integra Ventures USA.  Our Brigada friend is a non-residential missionary working in the country of Bulgaria. He does 3 one-month trips a year, focusing on Small to Medium Enterprise development – or “Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe.” To learn more, please browse to and


Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1) Germany Awaits Tentmakers Business As Mission People —

The Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal Germany is hosting the second annual tentmaking business as mission course October 31-November 3 2011. The focus of four intense days is on ministry development and cultural adaptation. All teaching is in English. Space is limited so please register early. For more information and the course outline check out this link


or contact Steinar directly at



(And thanks to Steinar for the gift to Brigada Today!)

2) Tentmaking Business As Mission Events, Fall 2011 —

Once again the team at Global Opportunities and TENT Norway are teaming up for events in California, Florida, Germany, Washington, Vancouver BC and Norway. Attendance at courses is hitting all time highs, with some late registrants being turned away due to limited class size. Their training focuses on developing critical ministry skills for both professionals and business people in challenging cultures. GO Research clearly shows that most professionals and business people seeking to build His kingdom in restricted nations lack the needed ministry skills to be effective in sharing their faith and in planting house churches. Let GO/TENT help you to develop your ministry plan by attending their events or contacting them directly via email. They’re on the web at…


or email them…


2) Take a Business-As-Mission Journey to East Asia —

BAM Journey is a 6-month to 1-year participatory, immersion program that seeks to equip and mobilize people with business backgrounds, education and skills to be part of BAM in the world and East Asia. Participants are full-time language and culture students, then weekly meet together to read, discuss and understand Biblical foundations and BAM principles (reading a series of books). Then roughly every other week the facilitator takes them to visit practitioners here in-country.  Once a semester they go on a longer trip to another province to observe and interact with practitioners.  For each semester the participants interact with 10-15 practitioners. Participants then write up case studies on these visits.

In this manner the participants get a healthy immersion combination of learning a language and culture and then reading, discussing, praying, observing, asking/interacting and writing about all aspects of BAM. The goal is that participants get a real-life view of BAM and discern how they might be part of it all.  To date over a third of the participants have then been placed in working internships and jobs in-country. BAM Journey is now in its third year. A further write-up on this program is available at:

For more information please contact Ben at

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(Just a couple of weeks ago, a big fan of BAM Journey sent a $250 gift to Brigada, already reported in a previous issue. We’re deeply grateful!)

1) BAM Consultation from the Business Person Perspective —

A Business as Mission (BAM) Consultation is slated for Thursday September 23 8AM-3PM in Charlotte, NC. The purpose is to determine what it will take for business people to cross the divide into missions. This event will put missions leaders together with accomplished business people. An objective is to break the code to recruit business people into countries looking to westerners to establish productive enterprises and thus earn the right to share the gospel and establish churches. The price of the consultation is free. But each participant must sign up at

to attend. There is much more to define the consultation objectives on the web.

This event, sponsored by Finishers Project, will be held just prior to the start of The Mission Exchange/CrossGlobal Link/EMS Mosaic conference in Charlotte, NC Sept 23-25, 2010.

10) Tentmaking Business As Mission Events —

Whether you believe it or not, you will need ministry specific skills to be effective in using your profession or business acumen in cultures where your faith may be seen as a threat. GO Equipped TENTmaking courses focus on these skills and nothing else. Their next FREE 3 hour seminars are in Pasadena Friday September 17, and in Spokane WA September 24,25. The next 4.5 day intensive course is in Los Angles, October 20-24. For people in Europe, check out the first ever course in Germany on November 22-25. If Finland is not too cold for you in mid-winter, there is a weekend tentmaking seminar taking place in Kauniainen, February 4-6, 2011. For more information on these and other events, you need to go to their events page at

or contact them directly at

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5) Raise Funds For Your Project Selling African Soap

zambiansoapThe Zambian Soap Company has a program for you to use their handmade soap and gift baskets to raise funds for your missions project. Their Christian fair trade company supports the work of Zambian villagers and widows making all natural soap bars. Equipped with the Zambian Soap Co. catalogue, youth groups, Sunday schools, and individual missionaries can conduct fundraisers that both support the ministry in Zambia, and raise funds for your own missions or charitable goals. The upcoming winter holidays are an ideal time for our soap gift baskets. To learn more, contact Andy via

zambezi_soap or visit

2) Learn “Working Your Way to the Nations” Today!

mywaytonationsWorking Your Way to the Nations is a twelve unit distance learning course conducted over three months that provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to succeed as an international Christian witness. Learn interactively with a varied group of adults who are exploring their own pathways to serving God with their skills and professions in other nations. Course guidance and counsel is provided by a cadre of experienced, cross-cultural tutors. This certificate level course is also an excellent resource for senders who work in equipping and sending cross-cultural witnesses. It’s sponsored by the International Missionary Training Network of the WEA Missions Commission. Cost is US$50. But you’d better act fast. Registration is now open. The class begins this week! For more information, see…

or email


6) CDTS: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school is designed for older students and families and includes a 12-week lecture phase, including topics such as hearing God’s voice, spiritual warfare, and the character of God, and a 2-month foreign outreach. They offer day care as well as a school-aged children’s program that follows the CDTS school topics and teaching. The dates of the school are June 1 – October 21, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at

or email:

or phone: 717.274.9010.

Drip Irrigation As A Tool For Church Planting

Chapin Living Waters exists to help poor people in third world countries grow vegetables when there is insufficient rain. They offer simple, sustainable technologies for subsistence farming, bringing hope to the poorest people and the opportunity to solve their own problems. Their simple “Bucket Kit” can be a tool for outreach and church planting. Check it out at…

and then email Dick
wi(dot)rr(dot)com for information on how to start a simple low cost-low risk pilot project.
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