WHAT HAVE WE GLEANED FROM THIS CONSULTATION?
CLOSING SESSION: SOME NEXT STEPS? Nelson Malwitz, Facilitator
- Research – conduct a survey of Christian businessmen
- Get some business people together for coffee/breakfast; ask them what it would take to get them involved.
- Educate missionaries to realize they are running a business
- Be able to measure tangible results that businessmen will be able to see from their involvement.
- Prepare businessmen – acquaint them with the missions culture – align their expectations.
- Have an agenda or plan for the business person
- Communicate the message that “business” is a calling.
- Peers listen to peers – how do we capture honest reports from people who have already had a good experience on the field.
- Have a marketing campaign.
- Build intentionally – credibility, competency, build a team.
- Have a BAM ap for I-phones
- Have an expert network where businessmen can provide input without going on a trip, i.e., review business plans, provide virtual consulting services, etc.
- Have a BAM conference and let the agencies share opportunities for business people.
- Christian businessmen’s breakfast for networking
- Clubs for missions within the church, similar to the Rotary Club
- Awareness is the key issue
- There needs to be unity amongst churches, mission agencies, missionaries, and businessmen
- Re-define success for the businessman, i.e., success to significance
- Articulate the range of impact
- Local businesses can provide on-the-job training
- Theology of cities; Each city is accountable to the Lord for its contribution to the Kingdom
- Businessmen going to closed countries need to have a relationship with some of the nationals. Have missionaries point the businessman in the right direction and make the connection with national businessmen or with educational institutions.
- Can we put together a coalition and meet again?
- It was suggested that a blog be set up so everyone can offer their comments/input and network.
Resource List: Books
The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond by Bill Hybels
When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Ourselves by Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett, and John Perkins
One Hen – How one Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo
God is at Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business by Kenneth Eldred
African Friends and Money Matters – cultural differences to prepare people going to Africa
Resource List: Websites
African Hospitality Institute [www.ahi-ug.org]
Business Professional Network [http://bpn.org]
Christ at Work [http://christatwork.org/]
Finishers Project [http://finishers.org]
Global Business Success Foundation [http://www.gbsf.org]
Transformational Ventures [http://www.transformationalventures.com]
Expressive Business Strategies [http://ebstrategies.org]
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