Getting Started. Business for Transformation (B4T) 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 (Business as Mission) 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. Each chapter ends with Discussion Questions.
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 Tunehag, leader of the BAM Global Think Tank and senior associate of BAM for the Lausanne Movement
Chapter 1 WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF B4T!
Jesus and Jobs ”Priority #1
All Business Is Not the Same
About This Book
Chapter 2 UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS FOR TRANSFORMATION
First Things First
Transformation Begins with Us
Transformation via the Workplace
Business for Transformation.
Business as Mission Terminology
Chapter 3 STARTING THE BUSINESS
CHOOSING THE CAMPSITE
Start with Ministry
Job 1 Profitability and Impacting Lives in Jesus' Name
Pros and Cons of Starting a Business
Do You Really Want to Work?
Chapter 4 THE INTANGIBLES
Are You an Entrepreneur?
Building a Solid Foundation
Chapter 5 DESIGNING YOUR TENT
Think! Be a Learner
Risk Equals Faith
Make the Journey Fun
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
Chapter 7 SELECTING A TENT
Factors to Focus On in Selecting a Tent
Chapter 8 SETTING UP YOUR TENT
Issues to Investigate in Setting Up Your Tent
Chapter 9 STAKING YOUR TENT
Pointers for Staking Your Tent
Starting a Business
Buying a Business
Service Industries Versus Manufacturing
Selecting a Banker
Local Laws and Regulations
Chapter 10 THE BUSINESS PLAN
Why a Business Plan?
Key Reasons to Write a Business Plan
Involve Businesspeople at Home
Business Plan Components
Additional Business Issues
Chapter 11 PAYING FOR YOUR TENT
Business Questions to Ask Yourself
Show Me the Money!
Chapter 12 ENSURING YOUR TENT BECOMES A B4T BUSINESS
Eleven Building Blocks
Chapter 13 MOVING FORWARD
Capital and Churches
APPENDIX A QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN NEGOTIATING AN
APPRENTICESHIP OR INTERNSHIP
APPENDIX B TERMINOLOGY
APPENDIX C AFTERTHOUGHTS"”NOTEWORTHY QUOTES FROM
APPENDIX D B4T/BAM SERVICES
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