Foundational Principles for BAM
• Business as Mission destroys the unbiblical secular-sacred divide. The dichotomy between the sacred and secular, between the spiritual and the physical originates with Greek Gnostic philosophy and many today still allow this bifurcation to elevate some activities to be “spiritual” and others “secular”. We are all one in Christ and all professions are equally good and viable for living out the principles of Jesus.
• BAM is integrative in that it does not promote a perspective of Business AND Mission, nor one of Business OR Mission, nor Business IN Mission, nor Business FOR Mission. Business AS mission promotes the perspective that business is the mission for believers in business and for those with practical skills. Business is integrated with faith and that is demonstrated in an integrated Business Plan and Ministry Plan.
• BAM is holistic in that it attempts to bring all aspects of life and godliness together into a biblical organic whole. Humans are economic, spiritual, physical, social beings and social concern and spiritual goals exist in a holistic way. BAM helps make Jesus principles relevant to a hurting world plagued with injustice, poverty and unemployment. BAM practitioners live out the mission of God to see God glorified, worshiped and loved while at the same time meeting the needs of people.
• BAM businesses see the kingdom of God as “here and now’ and also “not yet”. While certainly God has a future for all peoples, He also intends for us to live now according to His principles and business people work out those principles in the work place for the glory of God and with obedience to Him.
• BAM takes Jesus followers into the world and meets people where they are with less emphasis on bringing non-believers into fellowships of believers. The philosophy is based on being salt and light. They endeavor to bless people in their context(Gen 12:2) linking the incarnational gospel with the proclamational gospel.
• BAM is rooted in principles of Scripture which acknowledge the value of work and God who is creative and productive. The biblical mandates are the creation mandate; the great commandment and the great commission. (Genesis 1, 2; Deut. 8:18)
• Business as Mission practitioners are learners of the cultural living context as well as the business milieu; they learn and respect local cultures and languages. They are committed to an integrated business plan and ministry plan with metrics for all components of the quadruple bottom line: profit, job creation, making disciples and stewardship.
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