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Business for Transformation

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FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Chapter 1 – WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF B4T!

Jesus and Jobs—Priority #1
Jesus’ Model
All Business Is Not the Same
About This Book
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 2 – UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS FOR TRANSFORMATION

First Things First
Transformation Begins with Us
Transformation via the Workplace
Business for Transformation.
Understanding B4T
Business as Mission Terminology
Final Reminder
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 3 – STARTING THE BUSINESS—

CHOO SING THE CAMPSITE
Start with Ministry
Know Yourself
Job 1—Profitability and Impacting Lives in Jesus’ Name
Pros and Cons of Starting a Business
The Risks
Do You Really Want to Work?
Timing
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 4 – THE INTANGIBLES

Get Wisdom
Mentoring
Spouse
Generosity
Flexibility
Are You an Entrepreneur?
Building a Solid Foundation
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 5 – DESIGNING YOUR TENT

Think!—Be a Learner
Be Creative
Risk Equals Faith
Failure...
Bouncing Back
Trust God
Make the Journey Fun
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 6 – LAYING A GOO D FOUNDATION

Choosing a Campground (Look on the Fields)
Location, Location, Location
Rent or Buy?
Work for Others or Self?
Work for a Local Company or the West?
Sharing Your Tent
Owning Your Own Business
Franchises
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 7 – SELECTING A TENT

Factors to Focus On in Selecting a Tent
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 8 – SETTING UP YOUR TENT

Issues to Investigate in Setting Up Your Tent
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 9 – STAKING YOUR TENT

Pointers for Staking Your Tent
Starting a Business
Buying a Business
Service Industries Versus Manufacturing
Hiring
Negotiating
Selecting a Banker
Local Laws and Regulations
Location Issues
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 10 – THE BUSINESS PLAN

Why a Business Plan?
Key Reasons to Write a Business Plan
Involve Businesspeople at Home
Ministry Plan
Adapt
Business Plan Components
Additional Business Issues
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 11 – PAYING FOR YOUR TENT

Planning
Business Questions to Ask Yourself
Funding
Financing
Show Me the Money!
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 12 – ENSURING YOUR TENT BECOMES A B4T BUSINESS

Four Steps
Eleven Building Blocks
Summary
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 13 – MOVING FORWARD

The Heart.
Capital and Churches
Jobs
Looking Ahead
Last Words
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

APPENDIX A – QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN NEGOTIATING AN
APPRENTICESHIP OR INTERNSHIP
APPENDIX B – TERMINOLOGY
APPENDIX C – AFTERTHOUGHTS—NOTEWORTHY QUOTES FROM
OPEN WORKERS
APPENDIX D – B4T/BAM SERVICES
Bibliography
INDEX

$9.99
by: Patrick Lai (Author)
Business for Transformation focuses on answering the question: “How do you start a business that transforms communities of unreached peoples?” Starting a business cross-culturally involves thousands of decisions. Until now, BAM and B4T practitioners have been lacking a tool that explains how to start a business that engages unreached people for Jesus’ sake. This book draws on years of experience from scores of OPEN workers who are BAM/B4T practitioners. BAM/B4T are among the faster growing segments of the worldwide mission movement. It is written for new workers and coaches who need practical guidance in setting up and doing business in hard, churchless areas.

Endorsements

  • Patrick Lai is the most qualified person to tackle this most important topic in the world of Business as Mission. New workers need models, on-ramps and practical tools for getting started.  Patrick has been on the ground in some of the hardest places in the world and has seen what works and what does not; and he knows the terrain ahead for new workers. This book will challenge, provide tools, and help future business owners who are responding to God’s call to bring lasting change through business.
    Larry SharpVP emeritus, Crossworld founder and director of training, IBEC Ventures
  • BAM is about shaping business for God and the common good and bringing solutions to global issues like human trafficking, poverty, creation care, and unreached peoples. Patrick Lai’s book is an important guide for those who are serious about transformational business, especially in areas where the name of Jesus is rarely heard. This book is very practical with tools, stories, and resources. Read it, use it!
    Mats Tunehagleader of the BAM Global Think Tank and senior associate of BAM for the Lausanne Movement

Additional Details

  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: William Carey Library
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2015
  • ISBN: 9780878085422