This post is explicitly to enlist your help. As many of you know, I have been taking part in the Lausanne Global Business-as-Mission (BAM) Think Tank. We are at the point where we are developing strategies for mobilizing the North American Church to put forth a monumental campaign of witness to the glory of God through marketplace engagement.
A large part of this effort first requires connecting with and bringing local churches up to speed on how BAM can impact local communities and the world through local church pastor and lay leader involvement.
I need your help in two ways immediately and will be following up with more information and input requests as our strategizing moves forward. Please, PLEASE, do not miss this opportunity to release the power of the pew and the marketplace to reach the world for Christ. The marketplace is the most pervasive of all human institutions. Through the marketplace, our Christian influence can reach the un-evangelized and those disconnected from God at home and to the far reaches of the earth.
Right now, I need to raise $3,000 to complete the incorporation process of Eden’s Bridge as a not-for-profit and to pay for the trip to attend the Lausanne BAM Think Tank Congress in Thailand next April. Please pray about supporting this effort as we can effectively address both the material and spiritual needs of the world in ways never imagined in even the most generous and prolific missions outreaches in history.
Now is the time to move, in this decisive moment of global social upheaval and change. People need to see the glory of God lived out in their communities, local churches, and especially as it cares for their children’s future. Business pays for everything in this world. Taxes on business and income from wages pays for governance which includes education, infrastructure, research and development. Business pays for healthcare and all of the world’s charitable giving. All these efforts promote social and economic well-being. God’s heart, since the creation of the Garden of Eden, has always been to bless His creation with an abundance. Business has the potential to bring that abundance to the poor in our day as we act in the name of God and give Him the glory!
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving for God’s plenteous provision and the joyous celebration of the Advent of our Christ, please join me in this effort to be a blessing “unto all nations.” Or every donation of $50.00 or more, I will gladly send a copy of my book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission.
God bless you.
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3 responses to “Advancing BAM – Advancing Kingdom”
As a follow up, if there are any churches or groups who would like to have a group discussion on marketplace theology, business-as-mission, mobilization, and local strategies, I would be more than happy to discuss with you how we can make that happen.
I represent the Christian Angel Capital Network (www.Christianangelinvestors.com). We not only believe in the power of Christ in the workplace, but offer the world’s only place online, where Christian accredited investors (millionaires) and Christian entrepreneurs can unite. This is in accordance with 2 Cor 6:14. Unfortunately, most Christians in business seem to have never read, understood or feel the need to be compliant with this Command. I could write a book on the subject.
Now, add crowdfunding (CF) to the mix! CF, in its current form, allows for people to raise money for a cause, sell products/services or donate to just about anything. Visit Kickstarter.com or IndieGoGo.com! Are there implications for Christians? What about C2C (Christian to Christian) support of ministries, mission trips, church plants, books, media with a Biblical message, water wells in Africa, malaria nets in the Sub-Tropic, medicines, etc, etc, etc? The “crowd” can be Christians, who are truly supporting each other. There are currently just a handful of Christians involved in this phenomenon. We’ve just completed our site: http://www.ChristianCrowdFund.net.
Next year, with the new JOBS Act, Christians (and any other Americans) will be able to sell/buy stock (equity) via crowdfunding portals! They will be able to raise up $1 million from up to 2000 shareholders, within any 12 month period. This holds the potential to launch hundreds or even thousands of C2C business startups, involving new job creation, inventions, services, etc! Maybe even create Christian versions of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, etc and other business giants.
Wake up Christians and start supporting each other in business, just like the Jewish, Mormon, Islamic and other faith based communities have done for hundreds or thousands of years and do daily!
Christian Angel Capital Network
Every thing that I have learned in now more than nine years of theological and biblical research pertaining to our role in and the role of the marketplace in the mission of God tells me that you are EXACTLY on point with the call for Christians to give preferential treatment to other Christians, the community of faith, in our economic choices.
I very much appreciate what the Christian Angel Capital Network is set up to do. We need to invest in Christians and their businesses to reclaim the marketplace for God. I have a social venture business plan written that I would love to have funded and I am sure there are thousands, or even millions, more just like me out there. Keep up the great work.