BAM Congress 2022 November 3 – 4

The Courageous Entrepreneur; BAM in Turbulent Times

De Hoop, Provincialeweg 70, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

The present time with tough challenges requires courage. Courage enables us to see hopeful perspectives, take steps and hold on to it. The seasoned entrepreneur Bill Job (US/China) had the courage to let go of former beliefs while living and working as BAM-entrepreneur in China for over thirty years, the influential theologian Samuel Wells (UK) believes entrepreneurship is an important key for the future of the Church and runs companies out of his church. At the BAM Congress you will hear from Jo Plummer (BAM Global) how business and mission can be integrated, others share how it is done in the Netherlands. Our desire is to inspire and connect like-minded people, with the aim that you can see perspective, take entrepreneurial steps and hold on to it. With courage.

PROGRAM
Thursday November 3rd  

Morning

Registration: 8:30

Start program: 9:15

Speaking of courage: Bill Job had the courage to challenge his assumptions about being a BAM’er during his thirty years as entrepreneur in China, and unlearn patterns of behaviour. He started to regard himself as steward, and give God ownership of the company. While learning to follow God in many practical ways, the burden became light as he witnessed God at work in the company. Dutch entrepreneur Jasper Bringsken (29) shares as well how he sees God participating in his company while he seeks justice within the fashion industry. Jo Plummer (BAM Global) will start this morning explaining the BAM-concept from a global perspective

AFTERNOON

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Two rounds of workshops Thursday, more info >>

14:00 – 17:15 

17:15 – 18:00 Socialising 

EVENING 

18:00 Dragons Diner met pitches & judges

PROGRAM

Friday November 4th

Registration: 8:30

Start program: 9:15

From his experience that business transforms and invigorates church-life, Samuel Wells will challenge you to embrace and engage in business – especially in and out of the church. He will reflect on business theologically, in the context of our times and from his own experience at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London). Tim Vreugdenhil (City Church Amsterdam) will share how he – also through business – aims to ‘turn the church inside out’. Jo Plummer will start this morning with a reflection on BAM; the concept and global developments.

AFTERNOON

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Two rounds of workshops Friday, more info >>

14:00 – 17:15 

17:15 – 18:00 Socialising 

Samuel Wells (UK)

Samuel Wells (UK)

Sam is Vicar of St-Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London. He is an influential theologian and leads an organisation whose 200 staff run a church, two restaurants, a shop and events business and host 300 concerts a year, in addition to running two homeless charities. He describes entrepreneurship as part of the future of in the church in his book ‘A Future that’s Bigger than the Past’. Sam is also Visiting Professor at King’s College London and author of 40 books.

Jo Plummer (BAM Global)

Jo Plummer (BAM Global)

For the last two decades Jo was involved in the international BAM movement: she developed a mission strategy and resources, is the co-chair of the BAM Global network and editor of the Business as Mission website and the BAM Review blog. With her husband Mark Plummer and three children, she lived in Thailand for eleven years and recently moved back to the UK.

Bill Job (US/China)

Bill Job (US/China)

Bill worked as a BAM-entrepreneur in China for 30 years, he led several companies and worked with hundreds of employees. He experienced special things: within six months time 80% out of 200 employees came to follow God and they saw miracles happen in the workplace. Their company won the government award for ‘the company with the most love’ for seven years in a row, a competition in which 10.000 companies took part. Bill likes to pass on lessons learned, things he had to unlearn and what it meant to follow God.

Gary Ginter (US)

Gary Ginter (US)

Gary was invited and planned to come as a speaker, but had to cancel and recommended for Bill Job to come instead.

VAST Power Systems aims to build efficient combustion systems whose exhaust gases are so clean that you can inhale them. This quest has kept Gary busy for the last 20 years and senses God is calling him for this. He therefore declined an offer to become a partner at Goldman Sachs (Hull Trading Company was bought by them when he was a partner there). In addition, this 70-year-old BAM’er was involved in the start-up, growth and sale of dozens of companies, often in disadvantaged areas in the US and internationally.

Jasper Bringsken (NL)

Jasper Bringsken (NL)

Jasper Bringsken has been an entrepeneur since he was 19 years old, with various companies which he sold. Over the years his passion for building God’s Kingdom through an honest supply chain has continued to grow. Through his company Stricters the aim is to produce sustainable and fair clothing for companies and foundations. He listens to God’s direction in running his business and helps others to do the same.

Tim Vreugdenhil (NL)

Tim Vreugdenhil (NL)

Tim started a search for a new type of church, suitable for the city center of Amsterdam, which has since grown into CityKerk. He studied theology in Kampen, Leiden and Berlin and fulfills the role of city chaplain at the Protestant Church of Amsterdam. His book ‘Opener than ever - New opportunities for churches’ was published in 2021, in which he uses insights from the business community for the design of the church.

Thomas Mathews

Thomas Mathews

Thomas (pseudonym) is a mentor and coach to BAM companies worldwide, as well as co-founder of a social enterprise that helps individuals and organisations reach their full potential. With different organisations, they facilitate the opportunity to help everyone learn their unique value, how they can work together and how the individual goal is aligned with the goal of the organization. For individuals, they have a free 2-day workshop (translated into 15 languages; conducted in 30 countries) where people discover their personal strengths & life purpose and what that means for their dreams & goals in life.

Henk Schouten (NL, Europe, India)

Henk Schouten (NL, Europe, India)

Thirty years ago Henk already saw the need for meat substitutes. From the Schoutenfood family business in Giessen, they now export to more than 50 countries. Recently Henk has also been personally involved in India; where they integrate their protein rich products with holistic mission.

Harmen Niemeijer (NL)

Harmen Niemeijer (NL)

In his role as director of Micha Nederland, Harmen wants to make people aware of injustice that is going on and provide practical tools to live more consciously, partly from the realization that God asks to stand up for the vulnerable in this world. Based on Micha 6:8, the Micha Nederland Foundation wants to inspire, activate and set Christians in motion to be active Christians in the world.

Diana van der Stelt (NL/Ghana)

Diana van der Stelt (NL/Ghana)

In 2015 Diana exchanged her management position at the national government of the Netherlands for social entrepeneurship in West Africa. At the Trinity Software Center in Ghana (Kumasi) 25 people are now working for the Dutch and Ghanaian market. The company creates career oportunities and enables discipleship for young people from poor families while contributing to Africa’s digital transformation with innovative IT.

Hans Hamoen (NL & international)

Hans Hamoen (NL & international)

Hans is the author of ‘Doing Business with God’ in which he shows what can be achieved through Business as Mission. In1995 Hans founded the World Partners Foundation of which Adama Farms in Ukraine is a part. They became an important partner in food distribution, where tens of thousands receive food, partly funded by donations through Giro 555 in collaboration with Church in Action (Kerk in Actie).

Margreet Noordhof (NL)

Margreet Noordhof (NL)

Searching for the God-given responsibility of business for society and the planet: based on the philosophy of Economics of Mutuality, Margreet guides companies and organisations so that they can give shape to this innovatively and from the core. She has many years of experience as Impact Manager at Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods and founded Nova Business Society Management in 2021.

Daan de Groot (NL/Romania)

Daan de Groot (NL/Romania)

Daan is co-initiator of BAM Romania & BAM Connect. He is a missionary entrepeneur in Romania and director of Coming Home Ministries, an aid organisation in Targu Mures. He is also a co-founder of the social enterprise RecycleArt and The Boost Company.

Adrian Buhai & Corneliu Niste (BAM Romania)

Adrian Buhai & Corneliu Niste (BAM Romania)

Adrian and Corneliu are initiators of BAM Romania and BAM Connect. Adrian is an IT entrepreneur and active as a BAM investor and coach in Romania and Sierra Leone. Corneliu is a consultant and BAM business developer, active in various global business networks.

Dick de Krijger (NL)

Dick de Krijger (NL)

Dick started Deelcafé De Buurman, a 100% non-profit coffee house with a mission: to be a good neighbor to others, near and far away. Six years later, Deelcafés (Share Cafés) have been created in 6 municipalities via a soft franchise model. In addition Dick is co-founder of Voorwaarts (Forward), a consultancy for strategy & organizational development. Voorwaarts recently released a second book: Growth Pyramid.

Sander Wuister (NL/international)

Sander Wuister (NL/international)

Sander is author of ‘Woorden van Leven (Words of Life) and gives courses in prophecy. He prophesies regularly among entrepeneurs and in churches, because he feels a calling to encourage and equip leaders (in business, churches, politics). Sander has a PhD in chemistry and worked many years at ASML.

Gertjan van Laar (NL)

Gertjan van Laar (NL)

Gertjan is an entrepeneur and business consultant with a background in IT. He founded Itzinya Networks in the Netherlands, a Startup Incubator and Accelerator program for migrants who want to start a business. Gertjan has founded several companies himself, also in intercultural contexts.

Harmen van der Laan (NL)

Harmen van der Laan (NL)

Harmen started in his multicultural neighborhood in Delft with printshop Print Plezier, Kopie Koffie and FierFietskoerier. All three social enterprises where people who have difficulties finding and keeping a job can work; paid and unpaid. Harmen experiences that entrepeneurs within the Dutch culture can have a lot of possibilities to have a say in people’s lives and he sees lives change.

THURSDAY WORKSHOPS 

On this page more content info Thursday workshops >> 

First Round Thursday:

  1. Developing a life-giving culture in your business or organization. By Thomas Mathews. (English)
  2. Tempeh: proteïne rich food and mission in India. By Henk Schouten.
  3. Hearing God’s voice for your business and customers. By Sander Wuister en Jan-Willem Visser.
  4. BAM Model Canvas for existing and starting businesses. By BAM-Romania: Adrian Buhai, Corneliu Niste en Daan de Groot. (English)
  5. Social entrepreneurship in your neighbourhood. By Harmen van der Laan.

Second Round Thursday:

  1. Receiving help from the Lord: receiving technical solutions to become excellent in business. By Bill Job. (English)
  2. IT-company brings hope in Afrika through employment, training and discipleship. By Diana van der Stelt.
  3. Itzinya: helping migrants to start a business. By Gertjan van Laar.
  4. Principles for Business as Mission – Lessons from History. By Jo Plummer.
  5. Rediscovering the role of business and collaboration with non-profit organisations. By Margreet Noordhof.

On this page more content info Thursday workshops >> 

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

On this page more content info Friday workshops >> 

First Round Friday:

  1. Business & church; lessons learned at St. Martin-in-the-Fields downtown Londen. By Sam Wells. (English)
  2. Companies can make an impact; doing business in a broken world . By Harmen Niemeijer & Jasper Bringsken.
  3. BAM-company spreads hope in Ukraine; the importance of networks around your BAM-project, and Business as Mission in a rapidly changing context. By Hans Hamoen (World Partners).
  4. Developing a life-giving culture in your business or organisation. By Thomas Mathews. (English speaking)
  5. BAM worldwide: co-operation between BAM-businesses and mission/aid organisations. By Jo Plummer and Balt Leenman. (English & Dutch)

Second Round Friday:

  1. What if Jesus was your HR-manager; would you fire Him?By Bill Job.
    (English speaking)
  2. Church & Commerce – HeartEdge /BAM ThinkTank. By Chaïm Zonnenberg, Tim Vreugdenhil, and BAM team: Hermann Toebes, Peter Rus, Gea Gort.
  3. Itzinya Netherlands: helping migrants to start a business. By Gertjan van Laar.
  4. A search regarding the relationship between mission and business: from Business as Mission to ‘Business = Mission’? By Dick de Krijger.
  5. Rediscovering the role of business and collaboration with non-profit organisations. By Margreet Noordhof.

On this page more content info Friday workshops >> 

REGISTRATION

You can register for the complete event, or for parts of it. 

Please contact us by mail in case you have trouble

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Complete package € 310,- (Dragon’s Dinner Thursday night included)

Thurday day & evening Dragon’s Dinner  € 200,-

Thursday day-program € 125,- (without Dragon’s dinner)

Thursday evening Dragon’s Diner  € 75,-

Friday day-program € 125,-

25% discount for Church, NGO & educational leader. Please use the code  KORBAM22 when you register on the site True Tickets.

50% discount for students, please use the code STUBAM22 when you register on the site True Tickets. 

Address:

De Hoop

Provincialeweg 70

3329 KP – Dordrecht

The Netherlands

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