04.02: Appendix: Communication guidelines

The dual-employment model brings up some communication challenges: how does a worker communicate about his/her company assignment in relation to the Business for Transformation project? Under this model, the company assignment, per their job description, reflects only ministry objectives; however, it is quite obvious that Business for Transformation will be the primary platform for achieving their ministry objectives. Below is a more detailed rationale for this model, as well as some guidelines for workers under this model.

Our company offers donor support for workers to enable local community presence for witness and disciple-making. Our company has continually operated on a cost-of-living support philosophy because of this desire for "presence." Worker compensation varies according to the size of family and what it costs to live in the location, but compensation is not tied directly to hours worked, ministry responsibilities, or the worker's qualifications. In the startup phase of a business, most workers would not receive adequate compensation to cover their living expenses. In applying the cost-of-living support philosophy to Business for Transformation workers, our company is supplying support to workers with a ministry assignment to cover their basic living expenses.

Our company has established guidelines under dual employment that ensure that a worker will not receive (in total) more than cost-of-living support while he/she is receiving compensation and benefits from our company. These guidelines also create a separation between the two jobs by having distinct job descriptions and indicating compensation from the business entity for business responsibilities. These provisions ensure that our company is meeting moral and legal obligations.

When a worker who will be engaging in Business for Transformation is raising support for an assignment, he/she should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Emphasize the ministry objectives of the assignment (i.e., disciple-making, church planting) as the primary reason for donor support.
  2. Share about how Business for Transformation furthers ministry objectives and enables long-term, sustainable worker presence by providing financial support and visas.
  3. In the interest of full-disclosure, plainly state that the business will be privately owned, but that our company has policies in place to prevent workers from receiving improper private benefit. If technical questions arise, the worker may refer the questioner to our company’s Business for Transformation Coach.