Business, and, as, for, in, or is mission?


We often talk of “models of mission”. This does not mean really good missionaries showing us how to do it, much less does it mean statues illustrating mission. We use the term model as a paradigm or way of doing mission.

Lately we have been discussing, what is the relationship between business and mission? You may well ask, is not business anti-Christian? Is it not the world coming into the church? We should not sully our spirituality with making money, surely that is not part of our Christian calling? But is it?

God is not against business, only sinful business practices. Luke 5:10, refers to James and Simon Peter as 'business' partners. The word used is “koinonia”, the same word Paul uses for his relationship with the Philippians (1:5). As Christians we can think of doing business together as type of Christian fellowship. The closeness of the relationship makes sense of Paul's warning about close relationships with non-believers. We can redeem business to be our part in God's mission.

Business as mission has taken many forms. Business to support mission ventures, business to allow a person to stay in a closed country. The business as mission website states the following

Business as Mission is:

Profitable and sustainable businesses.
Intentional about Kingdom of God purpose and impact on people and nations.
Focused on holistic transformation and the multiple bottom lines of economic, social, environmental and spiritual outcomes.
Concerned about the world’s poorest and least evangelized peoples.[1]

It defines 'Business as Mission' as:

“demonstrating what the Kingdom of God is like in the context of business – and as we do so, engaging with the world’s more pressing social, economic, environmental and spiritual issues.”[2]

This is a growing area and All Nations, together with Christ Church Ware have seized the opportunity to put on a series of monthly events called “Recovering the Heart of Business” which you may now feel intriegued to go to, and work out what your place is as a Christian in the Business world.

 The first four dates for 'Recovering the Heart of Business' are as follows:

21st February – All Nations Christian College
14th March – All Nations Christian College
25th April – All Nations Christian College
23rd May – All Nations Christian College
13th June – All Nations Christian College

Themes that will be dealt with include:

1. Purpose, meaning and motivation.
2. What do good businesses look like?
3. What has gone wrong with our business culture?
4. The role of business in tackling poverty and fueling economic development?
5. How can we be complete business people?

Please watch our website as more details about this event will be posted shortly.

[2] Ibid.

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