Business as Mission Breakfast
If you are involved in business in the southwest come along to the Business as Mission – explore new paradigms breakfast on 12 May - further details www.swantogether.com/events. Be envisioned and see how God might want you to be involved. If your skills are in high finance, retail, business administration or whatever, see practically how the false sacred-secular divide can be bridged. Does God want you to set up a business in a closed country and share your faith and demonstrate Kingdom values, or perhaps pass on your business skills amongst slum dwellers in Africa bringing hope as you teach them that they can bring change? Another option might be to invest in the Far East and help transform neglected communities.
The ‘method’ is nothing new – Paul made tents and sold them in the cities he ministered and Jesus’ early followers, particularly women, had all sorts of active businesses. Skills in business and expertise in industry allow us to respond to the needs of the community, be an instrument to bring hope and change and realise our Godly ambitions “to preach the gospel where Christ is not known” (Romans 15:20).
Business has often been considered to be something that Christians should not be doing – it’s almost a dirty option. This is not a Jesus-like way for viewing the matter. It’s only the “love of money” that is the root of all kinds of negativity. Business run on Kingdom principles can bring God’s blessings in the UK or abroad, be it a Fairtrade shop in the UK, a local social enterprise project bringing hope to the unemployed, a consultancy in the Middle East full of Christians who can share their faith and influence the business community or a woman’s co-operative in an Indian slum.
In the early mid eighteenth century Count Nikolaus Zinzendorf of the Moravian Church sent out teams of missionaries who earned their living in business, support the work and be a good example to new believers – shoemaking, trade and shipping were favourites! Self-supporting Christian faith communities were established to preach the gospel, advance God’s Kingdom and practically impact the nations. If they could do it why can’t we?
Jon on behalf of the SWAN team
(Booking: go.omf.org/bambreakfast - any problems difficulties please contact SWAN W: www.swantogether.com . E: info a_t swantogether d_o_t com . M: 07855006317)
Agencies Partnering in SWAN include:
AIM—Africa Inland Mission, Bristol International Student Centre (BISC), BMS World Mission, Christian Aid, Church Mission Society (CMS), France Mission Trust, Frontiers, Global Connections, International Teams, Interserve, Latin Link, Mission Africa, Operation Mobilisation (OM), OMF International, OSCAR, Redcliffe College, Samaritan’s Purse, SAT-7, Serving In Mission (SIM), Tearfund, Transform Europe Now (TEN), UCCF, UFM Worldwide, WEC International, WorldShare, Wycliffe Bible Translators, YWAM
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