Problems to Solve As Raised by Participants

IN SUMMARY, THREE MAIN AREAS NEED ATTENTION:

  • This is a New Product – paradigm shift
  • There is a Cultural Divide between business, church, missions, NGO’s
  • There is a Systems and Operations Gap

QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE PRESSING PROBLEMS TO SOLVE?

  • Why don’t we have the businessmen, if opportunities are presented?
  • How do we bridge the gap between business and missions? It's a cross-cultural experience for businessmen to move from business to missions.
  • How do we break the sacred vs. secular mindset…get the message out to the team on the field that “business IS ministry”?
  • There is a paradigm shift…how do we manage this paradigm shift?
  • Business people need to know that it's OK to be business people rather than evangelists.  God gifts businessmen to do business; they don’t have to be a pastor – it’s ok to make money, to do business.
  • How do we find entrepreneurs – those with a God-given ability to create new things?
  • How do we get funding for business enterprise – investors vs. donors?
  • How do we engage women…how can women in developing countries be equipped?  The way to get to men in North America might be to engage the women to go overseas, have them return and engage their men.
  • Educating women in developing countries is the key to reducing poverty, but training the men is the key to changing the culture. How do we educate women but at the same time work with the men to teach them that a different approach might be good for them?  What do we mean by changing their culture?  Changing the way they think; allowing them to have paradigm shifts, offering them an opportunity to think differently – a very slow process.  Let them see that living in the Kingdom of God makes more sense than living in the culture they’ve been living in. People in developing countries have grown up in extreme poverty.  Extreme poverty and child abuse impact a child’s brain in the same way; they both change the way a brain functions and grows with severe consequences.  The victims take on a survival mentality.  Business and a thriving life require that they step out of survival mentality, step out of being a victim and become competent adults who take on personal responsibility.   How do we teach these people to stop being victims and have them want to take on personal responsibility and realize that they can take care of themselves?
  • It's not that there’s a supply problem – there’s an "untapped" supply problem – a messaging problem.
  • Not all foreign missionaries are ready for BAM.  How do we develop understanding on the demand side – that the businessmen are not coming to invest, but to work in business?
  • We need to define success for the business person; success is very different in the missions world than in the business world. 

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