On Thursday, February 2 to Saturday, February 4, the IWU (Indiana Wesleyan University) Students for BAM (Business As Mission) held the first-ever Next Steps Conference. Speakers included BAM movement thought leaders Dr. Patrick Lai, Dr. Neal Johnson and PacMoore CEO Bill Moore.
Following a speech to a crowd of approximately 250 students, faculty and area business leaders, Moore answered questions in three small group sessions for participants who had signed up beforehand. One subject of emphasis for students was that they do not have to become missionaries to live out their faith – they can use their God given gifts in business to impact their workplaces in addition to their communities and world.
PacMoore has been largely influenced by Acts 1:8, which seeks to influence people and transform cultures in a concentric circle model. Influence inside PacMoore is often led by seven chaplains who are committed to providing professional, personal and spiritual guidance for workers. Past that, PacMoore not only supports various organizations but is intent on “building spiritually rich, profitable companies to grow the Kingdom of God,” which is the Vision. PacMoore’s Mission, which is to “create 5,000 jobs by 2020 in low income communities around the world,” flows from the Vision.
The conference was a great opportunity for students to learn how to successfully integrate faith and business, as well as network with business professionals who are passionate about Business As Mission.
One of the conference attendees, Chris Robertson, wrote an excellent piece detailing Moore’s presentation, as well as Dr. Patrick Lai’s session. You can read the entire post here.