Toby Miles wrote the book 7 Reasons Tentmaking Businesses Fail after learning valuable lessons on what makes a tentmaking business succeed. He addresses 7 key areas with real life stories. Reading this will help the BAM entrepreneur think through important issues before entering Business as Mission.
Bring meaning to replace the drudgery of work. Learn to integrate your faith and your work to make a difference through the thoughts in Loving Monday. The integration of your faith and your work bring value to the workplace and is the key to a successful eternal business.
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“Instead of grinding it out until Friday and living only for weekends, a successful Ohio manufacturing executive has seen how his work can be filled with meaning and purpose. The key is integrating his work and beliefs.
Unreached people are primarily concerned for their ability to work and/or advance economically. This is a perfect place for the Christian business to step in and make a difference. Read On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies to gain the foundation of this approach to business, as well as hear the lessons already learned by likeminded people.
The authors offer a model for bringing together business and mission in Great Commission Companies. By doing legitimate business for profit and creating jobs for the economic health of the community, there is a place for spiritual input. The revised version includes current case studies of businesses doing this approach.
Working to integrate business and mission, C. Neal Johnson offers practical advice and foundational concepts for those wishing to engage in BAM in his book Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. The importance of accomplishing this with cross-culturally is well addressed.
Using business to accomplish kingdom mission is the theme of this book by Mark L. Russell. “The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in-depth look at business as missions in action with an eye to expose the most effective principles and practices of this movement.”
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Tentmaking describes the ins and outs of business overseas as a means of missions. Designed to be a manual, those who are unfamiliar with the world of tentmaking will find valuable information to introduce them to the concept and to help in getting started. But more than just an overview of tentmaking questions and issues, this book will serve as a thorough reference and practical guide for the 21st century tentmaker.