The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission

Overview

Business as mission (BAM), an emerging concept and developing ministry, has drawn fascination in missions and business circles. BAM embodies the practice of using business strategically accomplishing missional purposes. Though the term is ubiquitous in mission circles, there is disparity between its meaning. There has been much theoretical discussion about BAM but far less research accomplished on how it happens out in reality. The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in-depth look at business as missions in action ...
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Overview

Business as mission (BAM), an emerging concept and developing ministry, has drawn fascination in missions and business circles. BAM embodies the practice of using business strategically accomplishing missional purposes. Though the term is ubiquitous in mission circles, there is disparity between its meaning. There has been much theoretical discussion about BAM but far less research accomplished on how it happens out in reality. The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in-depth look at business as missions in action with an eye to expose the most effective principles and practices of this movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596692787
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Russell has a PhD in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a bachelor of science degree in international business from Auburn University. His doctoral dissertation focused on business as mission (BAM). Mark has gained tremendous international understanding in his time living and working in Russia, Chile and Germany and in his extensive travel to more than 70 countries to carry out a variety of business, educational, humanitarian and religious projects. Mark has been published in more than 50 academic and popular level publications. Mark lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Laurie and their children, Noah and Anastasia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword 9

Part 1 Fundamentals 11

Chapter 1 Introduction to Business as Mission 13

Chapter 2 The Foundations of Business 31

Chapter 3 Shalom 47

Chapter 4 Service, Profits, and Salaries 61

Part 2 Learning from the Apostle Paul 77

Chapter 5 Paul's Context 79

Chapter 6 Paul's Trade 91

Chapter 7 Paul's Choice 109

Part 3 Motivations and Mind-Set 131

Chapter 8 Current and Historical Trends and Parallels 133

Chapter 9 Examining Motives 149

Chapter 10 Two Journeys in BAM 169

Chapter 11 Blessers or Converters? 183

Part 4 Best Practices 201

Chapter 12 Setting a Course 203

Chapter 13 Navigating Culture 213

Chapter 14 Challenges and Competition 233

Chapter 15 Insights for Missions Agencies 241

Part 5 Special Topics 257

Chapter 16 Missional Leadership 259

Chapter 17 Reflections on Offshoring 277

Endnotes 291

Glossary of Terms 301

Recommended Resources 305

Index 309

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