Open Door Baptist Missions hosted their third annual Business as Mission (BAM) Retreat at Elijah’s Harbor in Greeneville, Tennessee, and it was a resounding success. The retreat featured speakers from various backgrounds in business who are using their skills on mission. Students were also able to participate in a "shark tank" presentation of their business endeavors where business experts provided valuable feedback and suggestions to help students become successful.
Throughout the retreat, there was a strong emphasis on the importance of integrating faith and business. Participants were challenged to consider how their business endeavors can have a positive Gospel impact on their communities and the world at large. The speakers shared their own stories of success and failure, offering valuable insights and lessons learned.
The BAM sessions included a variety of video updates, Zoom sessions and live presenters.
One of the most exciting aspects of the retreat was the video updates and Zoom interactions with people all over the globe who are doing various aspects of BAM. Participants had the opportunity to learn about business opportunities in different cultures, gaining a broader perspective on the global business landscape.
Students presenting their business ideas to the "shark tank" judges. The "shark tank" presentation was a highlight of the retreat, giving students the chance to showcase their business ideas and receive feedback from experts in the field. The critiques and suggestions offered by the experts were well-received, and students left with a clearer vision for their future in business.
Students enjoying the great food and facilities at Elijah's Harbor in Greenville, TN
In addition to the diversity of BAM sessions, the students enjoyed the beautiful scenery, incredible facilities, great food, and just hanging out. One student commented, "Overall, this retreat was so amazing. I'm so grateful for this opportunity." Another wrote "I'm so thankful for the BAM Retreat! It has confirmed my direction in life. Thanks so much!"
Overall, the BAM retreat at Elijah's Harbor was a powerful experience for all involved. The retreat's emphasis on the integration of faith and business provided a unique and valuable learning experience for all participants. Open Door Baptist Missions and Morningside Baptist Church are thankful for the opportunity to host the BAM Retreat annually and pray for God's blessings on the students to advance the Gospel for His glory!
- Dave, ODBM Director