Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 2016

School

School of Business; School of Divinity

Major

Business: Management

Keywords

Business as mission, missions, business, business for transformation, business in missions, traditional missions, tentmaking, for profit business, for profit, starting a business, entrepreneurship, missionary, mission, Christianity, 10/40 window, Christian missions, Christian missionary

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Abstract

All Christians have a duty to advance the Kingdom of God according to Matthew 28:16-20, which tells Christians to, “go and make disciples of all nations” (New International Version). The gospel has not yet reached many areas of the world that Christians could influence if they started a Business as Mission (BAM). A BAM start-up would provide jobs to the surrounding communities and aid in improving the economy. Assisting others by providing jobs and meeting their physical, spiritual, social, and economic needs will empower individuals and allow communities to flourish. Even non-Christians find helping others important, which is seen through the concept of corporate social responsibility in numerous organizations. All Christians should seek to do everything to the “glory of God,” with excellence according to Colossians 3:23, which can be demonstrated through starting a for-profit Business as Mission.