Business as Mission by Michael R. Baer
Can Business be more than an enterprise for the generation of profit? Is there a higher purpose to this human activity?
Business as Mission attempts to explore how companies can align with God’s purpose and bring him glory. This journey flows from the realization that there are no independent compartments in our lives. Every aspect, including business, is just a part of one unified story being written by God. As such it is must be practiced in a way that glorifies Him. All Christians are called to a project of seamless integration of business and mission; the separation of sacred and secular is pointless.
He begins with a clarification – Christian business vs Kingdom business.
Christian business understands to be either a business that is owned by a Christian, involved in a ‘Christian’ activity, or one managed by biblical principles. A Kingdom business however, goes much further. It is a business that is specifically, consciously, clearly and intentionally connected to the establishment of Christ’s kingdom in this world. Such a business has 4 vital characteristics:
It is vocational – calling from God
It is intentional
It is relational
It is operational
These features constitute the major divisions of the book.