For the Glory of God and the Honor of all peoples…
Understanding Missional Business
Missional Business is…
- Profitable and sustainable business,
- intentional about Kingdom of God purpose and impact on people and nations,
- focused on holistic transformation and the multiple bottom lines of: 1) economic, 2) social, 3) environmental, and 4) spiritual outcomes,
- and concerned about the world’s poorest and least evangelized peoples.
–Adapted from the
BAM Global Think Tank
From brokenness to reconciliation and transformation
The Bible says that God intends for every area of humanity’s brokenness to be healed. This happens through the ministry of reconcilitation in Jesus Christ:
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. –Colossians 1:19–20
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. –2 Corinthians 5:18b–19
Missional Business addresses all four areas of brokenness through the ministry of reconciliation:
- Humanity’s access to God’s abundance is broken, resulting in poverty.
- Missional Business pursues economic viability, resulting in prosperity.
- Humanity’s relationships to one another are broken, resulting in conflict.
- Missional Business pursues social justice, resulting in community.
- The cooperation of creation is broken, resulting in decay.
- Missional Business pursues environmental responsibility, resulting in development.
- Humanity’s relationship with God is broken, resulting in alienation from God.
- Missional Business pursues spiritual transformation, resulting in reconciliation to God.
Engaging in missional business
Empowering Mission ONE partners
Mission ONE seeks to further empower our 20 indigenous, partnering organizations with Missional Business strategies toward financial sustainability and greater ministry impact, by the year 2020.
- Financial sustainability—The ministry activities of Mission ONE’s partners will no longer be dependent upon donations from North America. Instead, income needed to support their ministry efforts will be generated locally.
Greater ministry impact—By seamlessly integrating business pursuits with mission objectives our partners will broaden and deepen their holistic impact, gain credibility, mobilize more people to the Great Commission through the marketplace, and expand their relational access to more diverse socio-economic classes of people.
The example of Mekong Evangelical Mission (MEM) / Nathan Trading Company
Mission ONE partner MEM operates a “sacha inchi nut” missional business:
- More than 700 churches in over 2000 communities across 4 different unreached countries in Southeast Asia
- 15,000 acres planted of sacha inchi plants
- Sustaining the churches and reducing persecution
- Raising credibility of gospel witness and the influence of the Christian Community
Secular entities getting involved
- Creating new opportunities for outreach and the gospel
Dr. Chansamone Saiyasak writes:
Praise God for the sacha inchi project throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and [undisclosed country]. We have begun the growth of sacha inchi plants in 11 provinces. Progress is being made to register with agricultural departments in every province that we have farmers working.
The likelihood of churches becoming self-sustaining is quickly becoming a reality. Because of the sacha inchi project Christians are gaining credibility and influence in the local community, thereby enabling them to become community mobilizers instead of a persecuted minority.
Gospel witness is now penetrating the ruling class. Before gospel witness stayed primarily among the lowest class or outclass. Those in the ruling class are also beginning to participate in the sacha inchi project alongside Christians. The gospel now flows into the ruling class from the common Christians and churches.
Mission ONE partnters in various stages of progress
To date, two of Mission ONE’s indigenous ministry partners have implemented Missional Business strategies. Mission ONE is currently providing professional consulting services for its remaining partners to develop Missional Business plans.
- Three plans have been completed with consultants and await funding. Two plans are in the final stages of development with consultants.
- Eight other ideas have been submitted to Mission ONE for approval and are waiting to be assigned to a consultant.
A growing portfolio
Mission ONE’s growing portfolio includes the following types of Missional Businesses plans:
- various animal, fish and cash crop farms;
- a maternity hospital;
- a rental car business;
- a basic computer skills training center and internet café;
- music education, production, and promotion;
- a boutique guesthouse;
- a medical records coding;
- a fitness center; and
- a day care center.
Completed Missional Business plans are available upon request. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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