Business for Transformation manual

The purpose of this manual to provide our company workers with information, guidelines, and resources useful in engaging in Business for Transformation1

Disclaimer: The information contained in this manual is not intended to be legal advice, and it does not substitute or replace any counsel received from a licensed attorney. Individuals or entities should always seek the advice of a locally licensed attorney prior to making decisions with respect to business organization or employment.


1. Parts of this document have been adapted, with permission, from the following working papers drafted by YWAM’s Business as Mission resource team:
    a. “Youth With A Mission: Business as Mission Key Statements and Principles”
    b. “Legal and Structural Checklist for Business as Mission in YWAM”
    c. “Guidance for Establishing a Memo of Understanding”


"The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission"

Mark Russell, New Hope Publishers, Impact, January 2010

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. Based on the author's firsthand research in more than 70 countries, the missional entrepreneur offers a uniquely informative book that helps readers see business as mission in action and understand its reality for today. This book explores the nuances of business as mission (BAM) and includes both theological reflections and contemporary case studies.

"Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice"

C. Neal Johnson, Inter-Varsity Press, January 2010

Business as mission (BAM) is a mission strategy whose time has come. As global economics become increasingly interconnected, Christian business people and entrepreneurs have unanticipated opportunities to build kingdom-strategic business ventures. But Christian companies and business leaders do not automatically accomplish missional purposes. BAM requires mastery of both the world of business and the world of missions, merging and contextualizing both into something significantly different than either alone. C. Neal Johnson offers the first comprehensive guide to business as mission for practitioners. He provides conceptual foundations for understanding BAM's unique place in global mission and prerequisites for engaging in it. Then he offers practical resources for how to do BAM, including strategic planning and step-by-step operational implementation. Drawing on a wide variety of BAM models, Johnson works through details of both mission and business realities, with an eye to such issues as management, sustainability and accountability. Business as mission is a movement with enormous potential. This book breaks new ground in how faith and work intersect and are lived out in cross-cultural contexts, where job creation and community transformation go hand in hand. Come, participate in what may well be one of the most strategic mission paradigms of the 21st century.

"Business as Mission: From Impoverished to Empowered"

Tom Steffen and Mike Barnett (eds), William Carey Library, 2006

In 2005, the Evangelical Missiological Society devoted their regional and annual conferences to the subject of Business as Mission. This book is a collection of resulting essays on this subject. "To put it bluntly," wrote Doug Pennoyer, President of EMS, when announcing the call for BAM papers, "Business as mission (BAM) is a work in progress. It is a field that needs definition, theological clarity, and missiological focus. ... While this volume will certainly not bring total clarity to the topic, it will provide some needed definition and precision while at the same time identify areas that will demand further discussion, clarification, and maturity.

"Tentmaking: The Life and Work of Business as Missions"

Patrick Lai, Authentic Media, 2005

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. Designed to be a manual, Tentmaking is more than just an overview of questions and issues. This work will serve as an in-depth reference for existing tentmakers. This thoroughly researched collection is the result of interviews from over 450 people serving in the 10/40 window. It provides a unique viewpoint on missions, sharing proven, workable alternatives to conventional missionary life.


Lausanne Occasional Paper on Business as Mission
Business as Mission Issue Group, 2004, Lausanne Forum Occasional Paper #59

Landmark 82-page paper on business as mission written as a collaboration of over 70 people involved in the business as mission movement.
A website by YWAM's Business as Mission Resource Team. The website has a wide variety of resources and information on Business as Mission. The Resource Team emphasizes training, networking, and advocating for business as mission.
A blog providing news, resources, and tools to turn good business into great ministry.
BAMmatch is an initiative of Transformational ventures. It seeks to serve the BAM community by matching BAM opportunities to business people with the desire and skill to fill those opportunities.
The Open Network was founded as a community of overseas BAM practitioners. To join the network, you must be a BAM practitioner currently working in a creative access country.