02. Fruitful practices

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it captures some of the key practices that have led to fruitful ministry.

  • The Business for Transformation initiative should be started by an entrepreneur who has the following characteristics and qualifications:
    • Is a mature disciple of Jesus, demonstrating continuous growth in modeling Christ-likeness
    • Is motivated to engage in business to bring glory to God
    • Abides by our company’s core values and personal covenant
    • Perseveres in the face of challenges and opposition
    • Has made a long-term commitment (i.e. 10+ years)
    • Has a professional working proficiency in local and/or trade language
    • Is competent in navigating the cultural context (i.e. through cross-cultural training and experience living in the context)
    • Has training and experience in evangelism and discipleship
    • Has the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to undertake the specific business endeavor and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • If possible, the entrepreneur should start with a team, not alone. Team size will vary depending on the scale of the business.
  • Selection of the business should consider the team’s ministry goals, the giftings of the entrepreneur and team, and the viability of the business model is that context.
  • The entrepreneur should have a business coach or mentor.
  • The business should form an advisory board that provides counsel and holds the business accountable for its quadruple bottom line impact.
  • The business should have a valid and workable business plan and mission plan, and the team should reevaluate these plans on a yearly basis.
  • The business must be structurally and legally separate from our company. For more guidance, see the Legal and Structural Guidelines in section 03.
  • If possible, the leadership structure of the mission team should be different from the leadership structure of the business team. It is generally best to see these teams as distinct, but to recognize where they overlap.
  • The team should draft a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to define the relationship between our company and the Business for Transformation initiative. The team should review this MoU annually.