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Business as Mission (EMS 14)

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Author Profiles

Introduction By Tom Steffen


1. Distinctives and Challenges of Business as Mission By Neal Johnson & Steve Rundle

2. Missional Geometry: Plotting the Coordinates of Business as Mission By Dwight Baker

3. God’s Kingdom Purpose for Business: Business as Integral Mission By Norm Ewert

4. Tentmaking Uncovered By Patrick Lai

5. Economic Development & Holistic Mission By David Befus


6. The Biblical Basis for the Integration of Business and Missions By Mark Russell

7. Nestorian Merchant Missionaries and Today’s Unreached People Groups By Howard Owens

8. North India’s Need? A New Expatriate Breed By D. D. Pani

9. Seventeenth Century Puritan Missions: Some Implications for Business as Mission By Steven Pointer & Michael Cooper

10. The Integrative Role of Business in Islamic Daw’ah By William Wagner


11. A Case Study for African Self-sustaining Churches By Tom Stallter

12. Tying the Knots: From Macramé to Multi-millions By Meg Crossman

13. Unleashing the Brazilian Evangelical Missionary Force By João Mordomo

14. Professional Work as Ministry: A Chinese Case Study By Mans Ramstad


15. The Future of Business as Mission: An Inquiry into Macro-Strategy By Jay Gary

16. Where Both Business and Mission Fall Short By Ralph Winter

17. Suits or Sandals: Making Business as Mission Work By Sue Russell, Carla Hausman, Sarah Vinateri

18. Microenterprise Projects and Business Training By Joseph Kilpatrick

Conclusion By Mike Barnett

Tom Steffen and Mike Barnett
Over the past several decades, scholars and practitioners have increasingly discussed the relationship between missions and business. For some people, business exists to fund the mission enterprise. However, others see business as a legitimate vehicle for missions itself. The debate surrounding Business as Mission (BAM) underlines many important issues with practical implications.  

In this volume of the EMS annual series, contributors address several critical questions. For example, what are the marks of integrity in business conducted with mission objectives in a cross-cultural context? Which business models make the greatest impact on the communities they serve? Do we need to change how we train business personnel? How will missionary training need to be adjusted?  

While this book does not provide an exhaustive list of answers, it does seek to provide much-needed definition, theological clarity, and missiological focus. The contributors disagree with each other at times. This is a welcome feature of Business as Mission, because it enables people to understand a variety of concerns and approaches related to the topic. Readers will also benefit from actual case studies from different parts of the world. Accordingly, this volume demonstrates how holistic ministry can move people from poverty to empowerment.

Additional Details

  • Pages: 290
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2006
  • ISBN: 9781645084921
  • Vendor: William Carey Library