The Business as Mission Resource Team was founded 2001 in response to the increasing interest in business as mission. The BAM Resource Team began consulting with business as mission practitioners to assess needs, ran its first training course in 2002 and hosted one of the first international conferences on business as mission in 2003. The team helped facilitate the Business as Mission Group at the Lausanne Forum from 2002 to 2004, and worked on the Lausanne Occasional Paper on Business as Mission.
In 2008 the team developed a new kind of BAM training course – the Introduction to Business as Mission (IBAM) – and has run 3 and 5 week IBAM Courses every year for the last seven years. In 2011 they launched the IBAM Impact Conference and 2012 they pioneered the first Business Discipleship Training School to prepare people for service to God in the marketplace. The BAM Resource Team has launched Business as Mission Resource Websites at businessasmission.com in 2002, 2005, 2009 and now 2014.
The Business as Mission Resource Team is an international ministry of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and for the last six years has been based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Although we support YWAM in BAM, our main focus is on serving the business as mission movement globally – the growing number of individuals, companies, churches, organisations and networks working in business as mission. YWAM is one of the largest mission agencies in the world with over 17,000 staff in 1100 locations in almost every country. Our passion is to know God and make him known – throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society.