IN OCTOBER OF 2018, I was approached by the board of directors via Base Ministry president, Drew Hester, concerning my background in business-as-mission (BAM) models. The organization asked me to consider utilizing this method to help in the funding for the international training goals which had been threatened due to unforeseen circumstances. Since my desire since joining YMI, was to train international pastors and ministry leaders, I was overjoyed at the challenge.
Later, I was approached by Dr. Tom Basile, founder of the BAM Center Puebla (Mexico), to consider carrying out a BAM project in Colorado Springs. After this surprise request, I remember thinking to myself, Lord – am I up to this? I knew this task could not be handled without extraordinary personnel to come along side me.
Within a week I was seeking wisdom from a trusted friend, Alan Feuerhaken. What occurred was a five-year commitment from Alan! His wisdom and experience in ministry start-up have been more than amazing. Our leadership bears a cohesive focus on forwarding God’s mission via business.
After collecting commitments from the founding board members, we set up the necessary 501c3 Non-profit status, build organizational structure and generated key ministry goals as well as the vision and mission statements.
MissionConnect was set up to utilize our collective construction experience to offer the public handyman services which provided the original funding for the first of many international ministry trainings with Youth Missions International. The long-term, sustainable goal was to build enough profit to sustain the training needs as well as a generational giving model through a commercial BAM center to be built in Colorado Springs.
Over time, we were invited to buy houses to re-furbish and sell at a profit. We found these short-term real estate investments (STRI) to be successful and now have expanded our organizational to include these and other investments to provide for our funding model.
During this current year we partnered with a public charity firm to aide with development of our ministry. Through interactions with the charity, the idea of building a ministry training center in Burundi (Africa) was initiated. Within two weeks, we were talking with a second organization. A day later had a donor commit to a large gift to get the building underway.
At MissionConnect, we have developed a mantra of Listen to the Field, Seek God, and Act. The process over these two plus years, has been proof of our what we say we are. Certainly, we carry this out both internationally and domestically.
Currently, I (Mike) am being commissioned to raise organizational funding, as well as sustain international training centers as we follow the clear leading of God. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, we have found much success building financial partnerships with individuals, churches and businesses. While business profit will once again be our primary stream of force, we are overjoyed the Lord has blessed us with the steady funding to continue the ministry. With over 265 leaders trained, and two full time offices sustained, we are well on our way to meeting our spiritual goals of empowering collaborative ministries, developing leaders for gospel-centered impact – all, via funding through enduring partner relationships.