BAM From the Mission Agency Perspective
QUESTION: WHAT DO MISSION AGENCIES WANT BUSINESSMEN TO DO?
- Missionaries/church planters don’t know what to do with business people.
- Fact-finding – business people could survey/research a city/country.
- Market research for business opportunities
- Help with existing BAM projects and start-up entrepreneurial projects either on a short-term consulting basis or long-term.
- Business people on a consulting basis to look at current systems that are already in place either at the home office or on the field.
- Shift donor-based ministries to income-generating businesses. Hospitals, churches, radio stations are businesses, but it takes businessmen who know how to run them as business.
- Closed countries require a true entrepreneur to be a resident in-country – people with age, experience and spiritual maturity.
- Have Western businessmen work with national businessmen. They need to be educated before they come; they need to be trained to go slow when training nationals – not to be the elephant stomping the mice
- Match mid-size American businessmen with peer nationals to employ global principles – not American principles. Not microfinance; match businessmen peer to peer; target business people with employees in metropolitan areas. Employing global principles bridges the gap, and nationals are excited to have someone come alongside and encourage them.
Phil Bauer mentioned a doctrinal thesis by John Barnett in which John noted that mid-level management people quite often do better in adapting to the missions culture than top-level management. Top level managers make a decision and want it carried out; mission agencies want to pray about it and discuss it further which results in frustration for the top-level manager. Mid-level management people are the doers; give them a project and they do it.
- Either address an item above (after repeating the issue in the note) or
- Add a problem statement to the mix above.
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