Amy continues, “People with a business degree can serve in three types of ministry/jobs.
- “In business as missions you would go and operate a business with Christian principles.” You would equip others with skills they can use to provide for their families and build their local economy–but also build relationships with those in your business.
- “As a tentmaker you would use your skills as an employee in someone else’s business.
- “You could also engage in development work, building into the community. And don’t just think poor communities either. Some development workers I know bring in medical professionals from the US to train doctors and nurses in the country where they work.” Many ministries, like Engineering Ministries International, train and disciple local professionals who have much greater rapport and entry into their country’s inner circles than foreigners do. These professionals go on to have businesses of their own that create disciples and carry out godly business.Amy again: “For many global workers, a major initial task is building relationships. People in business have an instant and wide range of relationships and connections. They also spend a lot of time with these coworkers since most of our waking lives are spent at work. Society needs the redemptive influence of Christians in the public sector.”
“The Business as Mission Network has a website full of great resources for people who wanting to be involved in missions and business. The resource section is full of articles and teaching that might help you along your journey.”
In fact, BusinessAsMission.com has a blog all its own, highlighting stuff like current opportunities, what they’ve learned from businesses that have failed, and current issues.
Building the Economy Around You
While in East Africa, I (Janel again) attended an international church that decided one of its main outreaches would be to businessmen–to influencers. Church leadership keenly understood that if we were to build Africa, we could wisely begin with its leadership.
And, the head pastor explained, in a poor country, helping the country conquer poverty involved actually building the economy: building and supporting businessmen, who build their businesses with integrity (as opposed to widespread corruption, one of the greatest sources of poverty) and kindness to employees.
That’s an avenue actually harder with a Bible degree than with a business degree.
So when it comes to your business degree, in a nutshell: Think bigger.
Editor’s post-publication note: After networking at Urbana 2019, we’d also suggest checking out orgs like these:
- Marketplace Development and Enterprises (MDE) can help you find positions in Finance, IT, Engineering and Web Development, teaching positions in K-12 levels, and more! These are full-time paid positions, with benefits. The income would allow you to live, provide a valid visa for access, and create opportunities to use your God-given gifts in the marketplace to reach the lost for Christ.
- Scatter Global mobilizes Jesus-followers from many professions to intentionally pursue their vocation in the least-reached marketplaces of the world.
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