8:30 am to 10:30 am - Monday, February 5, 2018

The Barnabas Group is the only collaboration of leaders dedicated to maximizing ministry potential by meeting nonprofit challenges with business perspectives to advance Kingdom work .

You're invited to apply to participate in our next SWOT meeting.

Encompass World Partners  is a mission sending agency serving 228 people groups in 34 countries across the globe.  Business as Mission (BAM) is a growing part of Encompass' strategy.  It has grown from simple businesses like women making jewelry in the Philippines to operating an extreme sports chalet in the mountains of Japan and a cashmere export business in Central Asia.
While BAM is a powerful tool for creating relational bridges and gaining access where it might not otherwise be possible, it also brings about many challenges.  Employment and compensation issues get complex. Which activities are "missionary" (donor supported) and which ones are business (company paid)?  Ownership of the business (mission-owned or employee-owned?) and use of profits (and liability for losses) are big questions. Add into that the diversity of U.S. and foreign laws.

The  BIG QUESTION  we'll address at this SWOT is:

What BAM-related policies and practices should Encompass implement to ensure missional effectiveness, organizational sustainability, and compliance with US and international law?
Date/Time:  Monday, February 5, 2018, 8:30am to 10:30am
Location:   Hope International University Executive Offices
                 Executive Conference Room, 9th Floor
                 2400 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Food:   A continental breakfast    will be provided.

IMPORTANT PARKING INSTRUCTIONS :  The back of the lot against the 57 Freeway is free parking.  Parking in the lot close to the building will get you a ticket after 2 hours (very strict); parking in the parking structure will cost at least $10.
Note a slight change in response procedures: 
Please respond with your interest in participating in this SWOT  before January 10.  At that time, we will select from those who have applied to create a diverse team to a ddress this need.   Priority will be given to those who have expressed an interest in TBG BAM Group and those who have completed the SWOT Participant Interest Form.   (If you haven't completed this form, you can do so at .  If we still have openings after January 10 they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
In preparation, each SWOT participant will receive copies of relevant background information prior to the SWOT. Please review this information to be prepared to provide meaningful input.
Feel free to call me directly with any questions at 714-981-5585.
Blessed to be a blessing,
Alan Weisenberger
SWOT Coordinator
The Barnabas Group