Variations of BAM
• For-Profit businesses create jobs, provide community value and establish themselves in the community as desirable and needed. When the business has an intentional ministry plan, Jesus is lived out in the business whether it is manufacturing, the service industry, or anywhere employees and employers interact. Such businesses are often referred to as Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) because there is an intent to grow in business profitability and in community impact. This is the Business as Mission in its purest form.
• Not-For-Profit businesses also create jobs and community value, though their revenue will never profit owners and shareholders. They often will not be sustainable and tend to focus on social and humanitarian needs such as clean water, solar light, improved agriculture. They accomplish similar objectives as a For-Profit business but may be dependent on foreign donations, though some do develop into For-Profit businesses.
• Tentmaking is a term used when a professional person who takes a job in another area of the world which is spiritually unreached and they do so with missional intent. They are paid a salary so their economic needs are met. They are not usually working in business start ups, but work for a corporation or educational facility and all the while live like out Jesus’ kingdom values and build relationships.
• Micro-Enterprise generally focuses on sole proprietorships or very small family entities which are financed through micro-loans and self-help programs. Millions of individuals have been helped through these small operations which have no intent to grow.
• Consulting and Training Services provide opportunities for individuals to enter cross-cultural situations and provide consulting and training on a wide range of topics such as business planning, ethics, marketing, production, financial planning, export etc. Such involvement provides a much needed service and opportunities to be ‘Jesus’ to those they contact.
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