BAM preparation programs

From time to time I am asked an important question. “I am interested in serving in a Kingdom business overseas, where can I go to prepare myself?”

Some of the suggestions below are for those who are entrepreneurs, some are for others with a robust business background while others will be helpful to those with minimalist training and experience. These are some that I am familiar with; I am sure there are others; they are in no particular order.

  • Agora Enterprises – Global Entrepreneur Training: This Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) includes a weekend boot camp and on-line training for serious entrepreneurs.

  • 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.

  • Regent University’s Center for Entrepreneurship The Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE) is multi-faceted and led by John Mulford. Its focus is on East Africa.

  • 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.

  • The Chalmers Center: The Chalmers Center in Chattanooga has been a quality micro-enterprise program for many years.

  • Living and Learning: Steve Rundle, professor, author and researcher at Biola University runs this quality program.

  • Acton University: Acton University in Michigan has many robust academic and experiential study modules which focus on building a solid business with biblical roots.

  • Global Leadership University: Bob Goldman leads an MBA program for business students who envision starting kingdom businesses abroad.

Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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