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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Business as Mission Resources for Training

On August 21, 2017 the naval vessel USS John S. McClain collided with a merchant ship with several fatalities; this was the second of two similar events in two months. I found the comments by retired Navy captain and current defense analyst, Jerry Hendrix to be informative. He said the cause can be traced to two major shortfalls: leadership and training.1

While I know nothing about naval disasters, I did think those are certainly two key factors in the success of a BAM business abroad. While leadership factors can be somewhat difficult to analyze, training is pretty much straightforward for those planning to start a cross-cultural Kingdom business.

There must be training in language and culture; in business start-up principles; in management; in the product or service designed to meet customer needs; and in at least elementary law and accounting – to name a few things. Thankfully more and more efforts are being made to provide training before a person leaves for a start-up effort in another country.

I am familiar with all of the following programs either from attendance or from friendship with those who run them. I recommend each of them, though no two are alike as they are designed to meet different needs. Check them out – they range from a couple of intensive weekends to a summer internship to a fully accredited MBA program.
  • BAM Course: Mark and Jo Plummer of The BAM (Business As Mission) Resource Team have led this program for many years which includes course work and internships; located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Third Path: Mike Baer and Elijah Elkins have designed a 12-month on-line program which builds on the many years of experience of Mike and Elijah in the BAM world.
  • The Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Course: This comprehensive program led by Patrice Tsague of the Nehemiah Project provides a certificate in business training and discipleship; open to owners, entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs.
  • Nexus B4T Student Opportunities: Nexus, affiliated with the OPEN Network offers some internships for business students who want to experience Business for Transformation (B4T) first hand in the 10/40 window.
  • Living and Learning: Steve Rundle, professor, author and researcher at Biola University runs this quality program.
  • Bamedu.com: The facilitator of this course is a highly successful international entrepreneur who draws from his experience in the teaching others.
  • IBEC Ventures: IBEC partners with BAM Cross-Cultural which has produced several on-line training videos and provides personal feedback on subjects such as American values; transaction vs. relationship; Hofstede’s culture map and related themes.

Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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