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SERVE: BUSINESS AS MISSION

“Whatever you do, work heartily for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

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Change the world through business . . .

. . . and be changed in the process. 

Business as Mission can provide a legitimate way for missionaries to access otherwise “closed” countries. Businesses also serve as excellent platforms to build relationships, provide jobs for the poor and oppressed, help bi-vocational pastors and church plants become self-sustainable, and spread the transformative power of the gospel in the communities in which they are formed.

So often we think of missions as something that’s only for preachers, teachers, or doctors, but there is enormous need and opportunity for businesspeople to serve as cross-cultural missionaries. Whether you are a seasoned executive with years of experience or a young entrepreneur just getting started, you can use your business experience, skills, and passion to build for the kingdom of God across the world.

Let your life, your work, be a powerful witness for Christ. We can show you how.

If you are interested in learning more, contact us at: 678-823-0004, BAM@mtw.org, or use our Get Started form

FIVE PRIMARY WAYS TO SERVE

BAM MISSIONARY

Build businesses for holistic kingdom ministry. 

VISITING EXECUTIVE

Teach business principles on the field. Make a lasting impact for the kingdom.

18.26 NETWORK

Instead of raising support, take your career overseas and sustainably support yourself in missions.

GROUP VENTURES

Serve for a few weeks; catch a vision for what BAM looks like in action.

90/10 INITIATIVE

Businesses pledging profits for missions 

MTW Business as Mission

COMMON QUESTIONS

BAM vs 18.26
What is the difference between Business as Mission and the 18.26 Network?

Business as Mission generally involves starting businesses overseas as a platform for missions and the gospel transformation of communities, or training or mentoring entrepreneurs overseas as part of larger ministry initiatives. Typically BAM is done by traditional missionaries who raise their own support, though it also includes businesspeople using their skills on short-term mission trips.

The 18.26 Network, by contrast, sends people out to work secular jobs overseas to sustainably, financially support themselves so that they can partner and work with pre-existing ministries in their country of service.

Church Planting
How is Business as Mission connected to church planting?

BAM enterprises can benefit, empower, and enable church planting in multiple ways. Profit-generating businesses can financially support local church plants, bi-vocational pastors, church planters, or missionaries, helping them become more sustainable and less dependent on donors. They can also serve as a legitimate means for church-planting missionaries to enter and stay in closed countries. Finally, businesses offer church planters a natural point of outreach and connection with the community, providing opportunities to serve others with the love of Christ.

BAM for Individuals
Where/how can I fit in as an individual?

There are a number of ways to serve with BAM as an individual, depending on your experience, goals, and the desired length of your term of service. You could…

  • Open a business overseas as your vehicle for missions—build relationships, support church planting efforts, and serve the community around you.
  • Partner with MTW missionaries to teach business principles overseas for one to a few weeks.
  • Serve as an in-country BAM coordinator.
  • Mentor entrepreneurs starting micro or small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the globe.
  • Use your design, marketing, or business skills to help with a particular BAM project overseas for a few weeks.
  • Find a job overseas to sustainably support yourself for long-term, cross cultural missions, in partnership with in-country MTW missionaries.
  • Start a business in the U.S. or abroad and pledge some percentage of the profits to support MTW’s kingdom-building work across the globe.

Check out the “Ways to Serve” section of this page for more details.

Is BAM only for experienced executives?
No! We need people from many professions and many levels of experience to serve with BAM. Whether you are a college student exploring your call, a young professional, or a seasoned entrepreneur, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved, follow your calling, and build for the kingdom of God through business.

BAM for Churches
What can my church do? How do we start?

There are many ways your church can help advance the kingdom through BAM. You could start a sermon series on the Great Commission, highlighting how God uses all sorts of gifts and vocations for His purposes. You could host a missions conference highlighting BAM opportunities and financially support missionaries who have started BAM enterprises. Talk to missionaries you love and support to see if and how BAM can fit into their ministry, and have someone on your missions committee investigate BAM and BAM opportunities. As a church or a presbytery you could even adopt a city and, together with MTW missionaries on the ground, develop a plan to impact the business community in that city. Best of all, you could send your best and brightest business people to start businesses for mission overseas and rally your congregation to support them spiritually, emotionally, and financially.


Reasons for BAM
Why do Business as Mission?

Business has a unique ability to open doors across the world. When missionaries start and run legitimate, profit-generating businesses, they can access “closed” countries, build relationships, share the transformative love of Christ with their community, and provide sustainable financial support for church plants.

But beyond that, we believe that business, in and of itself, is God-glorifying and can used for mission and building for the kingdom of God. Business as Missions is not simply a way to facilitate or pay for “real” ministry, it is ministry.

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