The Growing Marketplace Missions Movement
Over the course of the last few years, many in the missions world have been struggling with the changing landscape of missions funding here in the west, and access and impact in the least reached communities. Many mission agencies, churches and business people have turned to “tentmaking” or “Business as Mission (BAM)” or “Business for Transformation (B4T)” to address the significant issues we are facing as a result of these shifts. This webinar will help clarify what is happening in this burgeoning Marketplace Missions Movement – exploring terms used, strategies being employed, bottlenecks and obstacles the movement is facing, and some methods for overcoming them.
With a background in accounting and philosophy and more than 20 years in the tax law arena, Mark now serves as the CEO and President of MDE – Marketplace & Development Enterprises, an initiative conceived by SEND International. Mark and his wife, Charlene, joined SEND in 2007 and spent 4 years living overseas in SEND’s Eurasia region. Experience in both business and cross-cultural ministry has helped to shape the structure of MDE, which is a service organization connecting believers with the business, ministry and personal resources and support they need to share the message and love of Christ through relationships built as a natural part of their authentic participation in the business arena – the marketplace – of unreached communities. The Canadas live in Farmington, Michigan, and they enjoy renovating houses, discovering new restaurants, and reading books aloud together.