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

CLOSING COMMENTS

  • 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]

BAMmatch [http://bammatch.com]

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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