Bertil Ekstrom, Executive Director of the Mission Commission writes: ”I recommend the Business as Mission Global Think Tank as an important and viable process for deepening the knowledge about and the use of this God-given tool for advancing His Kingdom.”
The Global Congress on Business as Mission (BAM), will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 25-28, 2013 –a unique gathering of leaders and practitioners from all continents that will address key strategic issues related to Business as Mission. The BAM ThinkTank is announcing this congress as the culmination of a yearlong process in which they have engaged hundreds people from all over the world. Over 30 national, regional and international working groups will present cutting edge BAM practices and models and bring strategic recommendations during the Congress. The global Congress will provide a unique ‘one-stop shop’ to meet and interact with BAM leaders from all over the world, on an unprecedented scale.
Visit http://bamthinktank.org/congress to find out more.
Quotes from key leaders in business, church and missions endorse the BAM Think Tank & Congress: http://bamthinktank.org/about/endorsements/
A digital post card and sample social media posts can be found here: http://bamthinktank.org/congress-media/
Co-Chair | Business as Mission Global Think Tank
More information: http://bamthinktank.org/congress
The call to ‘partnerships’ has been often heard in mission circles for a long time now. We recognise that the Lord’s people are called to work together in harmony, and that individualistic competition, ignoring our brothers and sisters, dishonours Him. Further, in God’s family there is no place for unequal relationships, with the powerful abusing the powerless, as has too often been the case. We may bring different resources to the table, but no category of resource should lead to paternalism or manipulation. That includes money and language as well as many other resources.
In the Mission Commission we are committed to encouraging healthy mutual relationships. Many of us – our churches and agencies – have experience of partnerships. Some partnerships have worked well and brought great blessing. Some have failed, and even caused great hurt. Others struggle. Some have been between south and north, others between south and south, or south and east…… So our working group wants to explore what we mean by partnerships, what makes a partnership a ‘success’ and blessing, what makes an initiative fail, how we can build better practice and understanding across and between cultures, how to serve one another in humility and grace. Our goal together is to see the Lord honoured, the gospel extended, the church become more faithful.
If you would like to join in this discussion, in the first instance contact Mark Oxbrow on MarkOxbrow@aol.com
, Alex Araujo on email@example.com
or Rose Dowsett on firstname.lastname@example.org
. In particular we would like to hear from you about your experiences of partnership, either with some brief notes or with a fuller case study. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can have a truly global conversation!