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Week Five ... Getting down to the Business of Business

The International Business as Mission field trips brought a new, much needed flavor to the course. The students came back ready to dive into practical applications of Business as Mission after seeing it in action. Business as Mission theories and vision were transformed into action plans. This reality brought a new dimension and feel to the classroom. Under leadership of Ken Elliot, seasoned business coach, students spent focused time hammering out their personal business plans. Ken delivered workshops on the nuts and bolts of business (financial management, sales/marketing,detailed business planning process).

Ken has spent the last 7 years doing Business as Mission in Bangladesh and serving as an international Business as Mission consultant to mission organizations and field practitioners. He shed light on the complexities of business start up in one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Ken's IBAM Experience: The highlights of the last two weeks for me have been the privilege and opportunity to spend quality time with like minded people. In preparing for this time, it was with the expectation that I would be delivering workshops and spending the time here in the form of training and mentoring.

While these have certainly been components of my time with the IBAM participants,the added bonus of it being in a learning and growing environment has been a huge encouragement to me.To see the incredible potential that God has brought together and gathered here in Thailand for 6 weeks was awesome! God is moving ­ and I believe reclaiming the market place is part of His agenda. Being part of a group from many different parts of the globe gathered together to listen, learn and share was so encouraging for me. Having been involved in the area of BAM and sustainable small business development training among the poor for many years it was good to not only share from my experience but to be refreshed and encouraged by the experience of others, and to see the potential of many starting out on their journey with God through business as mission. I look forward to continuing involvement with some of the participants in the course to see Gods plans unfolding in their lives.

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posted by Justin Forman | 3.17.2008 - 7:00 AM


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