Is BAM a New Idea?
No, but it has been revived in the past decade. First modeled in the first century ( Acts 8-17), real followers of Jesus have taken their skills and abilities and have lived as regular people in the work place and spread the message of Jesus through real life situations. Note that William Carey, the Basel Mission, Mennonites, Moravians, Nestorians and most missionaries up until the 20th century spread the gospel through some variance of what we now call BAM. For various reasons in the 20th century, the professional missionary emerged. However the reformation had called for the priesthood of all believers, with Martin Luther intending that the real genius of the reformation was that we were all now to become ‘monks’. BAM is a totally natural way to live out the gospel, spread the good news and make disciples. See a discussion of this in Ken Eldred’s book, God is at Work and also A Better Way—Making Disciples Wherever Life Happens, by Dale Losch.
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