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Foundations Learning about Business as Mission Investment Opportunities - Tom Sudyk

A large group of foundations and high worth individuals at The Gathering’s Annual conference held at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida heard how they could be strategic in the Business as Mission (BAM) movement. Ken Eldred and Tom Sudyk chaired a panel discussion about the growing BAM movement including examples of business operations in China, India and Eastern Europe. Cornerstone University provided the educational perspective of how the next generations of BAM leaders are being developed through adult graduate programs and alumni involvement.

Foundations expressed frustration in funding requests being “repackaged” as BAM and were particularly interested in having a better understanding of BAM so they could support the movement by making wise grants. They also expressed disappointment that only a few mission agencies were embracing this new strategy seriously – most are still looking at business as only a method of getting a visa and not as a self funding mission strategy way to have a legitimate place to influence employees and community.

Foundations were challenged to ask the following questions in defining BAM:

Is it STRATEGIC in its approach for bringing the Kingdom?

BAM is the intentional pursuit of both “good business” (profitable, ethical, high quality) and “good ministry” (Gospel-centered, culturally relevant, caring for the whole person). These two elements must be the combined focus of the enterprise and not simply a by-product or side benefit.

Is it AUTHENTIC BUSINESS?

The activities and functions performed in the operation of a BAM business must be legitimate and contribute to the success of the business (intending to make a profit). The business does not exist simply to provide access to a region or to support extra-curricular ministry activities.

Does it create MINISTRY opportunities where few exist?

Globalization is bringing us into contact with the poor and oppressed in areas where the gospel has yet to be received. It is within the context of these business interactions that solid relationships are formed between Christians and non-Christians.

Does it MINISTER AND EVANGELIZE?

The BAM business is both the means and the message; it leverages every opportunity to serve spiritual, social, and economic needs, both demonstrating and sharing the power of the Gospel with employees, clients, suppliers, governments an indirectly to families, friends, local communities, and other businesses within the market.

Tom Sudyk and EC Group International sponsors the Global CEO Network to provide support and networking for operators of kingdom companies. The next Global CEO meeting is in Chicago October 22-25, 2008. For more information please visit www.globalceonetwork.org or contact afuller@ecgroup-intl.com.

EC Group International is a Business as Mission company operating in the US and India since 1999. Working exclusively with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises that recognize the tremendous opportunity to increase their competitiveness through the utilization of global resources in India. EC Group provides offshore IT staffing services to software product companies, customer software development firms, and other companies with growing development needs within their IT departments.

EC Group International also offers consulting services to develop strategies and initiatives to help you create profitable international kingdom businesses with sustainable ministries in hard to reach countries.

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posted by Justin Forman | 9.30.2008 - 7:12 PM

3 Comments:

Hi Justin,

I can not figure out where your phone number is I would love to call you if you don't mind.

God bless you,

Tom Webb

719 2717615
commented by Blogger TomWebb, 12:40 PM  

Hey Tom,

Crazy schedule right now with the arrival of a baby boy heading our way and peak season with RightNow and Bluefish.

Would love to continue the conversation, shoot me an email at justin@businessasmissionnetwork.com and I'd love to continue the conversation.

Justin
commented by Blogger Justin Forman, 7:24 PM  

What's a "high worth individual" and a "low worth individual"? When we start using these terms to classify people, is there a need for Biblical thinking to challenge our business terminology?
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8:12 AM  

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