GSI Blog

Explore articles written by GSI team members and other OM-ers about issues pertinent to Global South mission sustainability and Business-as-Mission (or "BAM") - see below...

How to BAM

In this series, we give practical Business-as-Mission tips

Sustainability

The Power and Beauty of the Simple

Discovering God's Vision in Your Planning

Business and Mission: Is Business Bad for Mission?

Farming, Mission, and Sustainability

Jason Mandryk

... on the Bigger Picture

In this series, Jason Mandryk of Operation World (and formerly a GSI Team member), explores the larger missional and geo-political issues surrounding Global South mission sustainability:

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External Resources

The Lausanne Movement

The Lausanne Movement website has some great resources, including papers on Business as Mission, The Global South Church, and Issues of Financial Sustainability.

A May 2017 article on Finishing the Remaining 29% of World Evangelisation is particularly pertinent. Apparently, only 3% of all missionaries go to the 29% of the world's population who have little or no Gospel access. Responding to this is the core of why GSI exists. Many more must be mobilised to the 29% and the growing Global South church must be part of this wave. Radical church-planting movement or disciple making movement methodologies are seen as a key strategy to reach the unreached. Again, this ties in well with GSI, as business-as-mission strategies can sit well with CPM/DMM.

Business-as-Mission Resource - BAM Global

A great general resource on business-as-mission is the BAM Global Website. The BAM Global network had its origins in the Lausanne Movement ThinkTank for Business-as-Mission. Their website has readable and useful articles on business-as-mission (e.g., on farming businesses, on the hospitality sector, practical tips from practitioners), and well as more in-depth papers (e.g., on "BAM and Church Planting" and "Measuring BAM Impact"). You can also sign up for their regular newsletters.

Farming

Conservation farming is already being used to great effect to empower church-planters in one of our GSI projects. The methodology they use is adapted from the Foundations for Farming work in Zimbabwe - check out their work on their FfF Website.

TearFund has resources on poultry farming on their TearFund Website.

The Echo Community is another farming network.

Food & Beverage, Hospitality Business

The RestaurantOwner Website provides a dose of 'restaurant reality' to those who think they want to open a restaurant. With 1000+ resources for members, they also share some free resources. They aim to improve the proficiency of restaurant owners and key personnel to become better business managers, implement effective systems and create a culture of hospitality, excellence and accountability.

This Article on the Businessasmission Website talks about the importance of food and beverages, how an F&B business can be missional, and also address common pitfalls.

Miscellaneous

Missionaries make Good Entrepreneurs? In this article in the Harvard Business Review, a successful investor in businesses identifies characteristics he terms "missionary" characteristics as contributing to businesses that stand out. He sees that these "missionary values" make the most difference, such as being strategic, taking a long-term view, commitment to excellence, and a devotion to making meaning.

Dependency:- A recent edition of the Mission Frontiers journal has an article on "Slaying the Dependency Dragon"