BAM Best Practices
As movement continues to increase for Business as Missions, it is worthwhile to keep an eye on what is being learned around the globe. It can be especially useful to read summaries of what organizations are finding to be “best practices.” The following is one such summary, pulled from the on-line paper, Business as Mission Through the Lens of Development by David Bronkema and Christopher M. Brown, both having experience and responsibilities through Eastern University.
Their summary of 15 best practices was based on a survey of Business as Mission practitioners and theorists working in 11 countries. The majority were working in Asia.
1 Working with a sending agency is a recommended practice for BAM.
2 Capital should be obtained on an investment not a grant basis.
3 BAM practitioners should work in teams.
4 Teams should be multicultural.
5 The local language should be studied and learned as well as possible.
6 The local culture should be studied and learned as well as possible.
7 The business strives to be profitable and sustainable in the long term.
8 The business has a system of accountability.
9 Compensation can be a combination of salary from the company and support as
long as there is transparency.
10 The business should have a written business plan.
11 The business should have updated yearly goals for the business plan.
12 The business should have a written spiritual impact plan.
13 The business should have updated yearly goals for the spiritual impact plan.
14 The business should be proactive in intercession.
15 The business should actively seek the prayer support of others.
Many thanks to the outstanding efforts that are being made to share learning and knowledge so that the impact of BAM can increase around the globe.