Dear Friends of The Antioch Partners (TAP),
Our perspective here at TAP is that every follower of Jesus is a missionary (literally, a “sent one”). Jesus makes that clear in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As “sent ones,” we are called to represent Jesus everywhere we go … in our families, in our neighborhoods, where we work, where we play, etc. For those called to long-term, cross-cultural, incarnational engagement, special preparation and support structures are needed, and this is what TAP provides. Working alongside the local churches who are sending them out, TAP’s goal is to see these cross-cultural servants thrive in their ministry contexts and maximize their Kingdom impact.
TAP Partners (Partners is the term we use for missionaries) serving around the world are engaged in many aspects of Kingdom work, and one of those aspects is what’s often referred to as Business as Mission (BAM). BAM is a significant and growing dimension of the world Christian movement, and it has been exciting to see an increasing number of business people responding to God’s call to use their business skills strategically for the sake of God’s global purpose in Christ. BAM continues to be a strategic priority for TAP, and I’m grateful for people like Tom Manske and Tom Hawker who have given leadership in this crucial area for TAP. I’m also excited to introduce you to TAP’s new BAM Coordinator.
Tim Dunn: TAP's New Business as Mission (BAM) Coordinator
Tim has been involved in the BAM movement for ten years. His passion for integrating faith and the workplace began while he worked in customer service and management positions in the US airline industry. His focus on BAM on a full-time basis began as part of his service with The Antioch Partners in Brazil. Along with his wife, Tim served in leadership development in partnership with a Brazilian cross-cultural mission sending agency.
Tim completed a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary with his dissertation focused on enhancing the effectiveness of BAM practitioners. Tim currently mentors BAM practitioners in several locations, has participated in due diligence evaluations as part of BAM financing, and regularly participates in BAM conferences and workshops. Tim is eager to share the BAM vision and help churches and individuals explore ways to be involved. If you’d like to connect with Tim or invite him to speak at your church, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our June newsletter will focus on BAM, so be sure to be on the lookout for it.
2019 TAP Vision Trip (June 15th-24th*): Central Asia
Every other year, TAP coordinates a vision trip to visit a context where TAP Partners are serving in order to learn about what God is doing in a different part of the world. Our next vision trip is this summer, June 15th – 24th (*extended trip option through the 27th) and the team will visit one of the amazing countries in Central Asia along the historic Silk Road
. This is a Muslim-majority country and God is at work in remarkable ways among the peoples of this beautiful land. The leaders for this vision trip are Sean and Bethany Walker. Sean is TAP’s Operations Coordinator and he and Bethany (along with their two wonderful kids!) served for many years in Central Asia, before relocating to Houston in 2017 to join the TAP Support Staff Team. If God leads you to explore this and you want to know trip details, click here
. Since the maximum number of trip participants is eight, if you’re interested in being a part of this team, contact Hope Whitney (email@example.com
Serving Christ together,
Executive Director, The Antioch Partners