An experience you’ll be talking about the rest of your life!
Travel Including 20-25 States and 9 countries in Europe.
You’ll never experience so many different countries and cultures in such a short time.
Discipleship & Business
Most days will be filled with instruction, dialogue, videos, or guest lecturers, discussing either business or discipleship. You’ll be immersed in deep conversation about how the gospel applies to your business and everyday life.
Community for Life
Expect to make memories and friends to last a lifetime. We hope to keep your cohort together after school ends, and catch up annually on the anniversary of graduation.
Real World Skills to Pay the Bills
You will walk away from the program with skills that are relevant to today’s marketplace, skills you can use to buy, start, or grow your own business.
The Kick Off Europe Trip
We are starting in Europe because of all the experts in Business as Mission and disciple making movements in such relatively close proximity to one another. We will be meeting with many people in the area of Business as Mission and disciple making movements, including Jo Plummer, one of the global chairs for the BAM Global Congress, David Skews, a long time practitioner, trainer, and consultant in the Business as Mission world, and Mark Plummer, founder of BusinessasMission.com, as well as BAM Conferences and BAMTraining.org.
Places we will be visiting during the Kick off Trip:
Isle of Wight, England
Palace of Versailles, France
Flight from Paris to Dublin
Flight from Dublin to London
4 Day Canal Cruise
We will be traveling in a Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter Van and staying in Airbnb locations.
✓ Building Life Long Community
✓ Instagrammable moments
✓ Lifelong Friendships
✓ Disciple Making
"Super blessed by The BAM School. It shaped, guided, and solidified our mission here in Thailand. Oh, and it was super fun. Thanks again, Buddy, for being who you are in the place we needed you. You changed my life...possibly even saved it. Thanks man."
“Buddy helped me believe I was ready to launch my cafe and even gave me a loan to help me get started”
Bay Sareephan – Founder, Bay’s Cafe
Buddy is unrelenting in pushing you to be the best version of yourself. Through Buddy, I learned the best way to serve the people I encounter is to know myself well, accept those giftings, and live them out to the fullest, and by this, those surrounding me will be blessed. If it wasn’t for this lesson I’m not sure my business Liv Thai would exist today. Buddy cares about helping others hone in and be what is right for them. And he has the tools to get you there. www.livthai.com
Liv Steffen, Founder Liv Thai
“Buddy helped us work through some team issues and created a safe place for us to take risks and grow together. We're a much stronger team for it."
Evan McCall – Co Owner Expat Homes
Buddy, The last 8 months have been one of the richest seasons of my life. I think God can and does use you to help people become the richest versions of themselves. This has been a huge season of growth and life change for me. I feel like I am different guy than the one that started this program and that’s great. I just want to let you know how much I loved the program.
Areas of Instruction
We use a variety of learning methods, including typical university-style lecture and discussion, case studies, Zoom meetings with leading experts in their fields from around the world. We also use audiobooks while traveling, videos and other online resources. We encourage reading, especially Monday through Thursday evenings with limited entertainment time during those evenings. We are big believers in learning by doing. You will gain technical and marketing skills by working on actual projects that will move the sponsoring business forward. Below are some of the core subjects we will cover.
Adventure Bus Team Building
To travel around we will be building a conversion bus as a team building experience. We will find a school bus and be painting, adding bunk beds, a bathroom and kitchen and use it to travel around the states during our time together. In the afternoons and evenings for the first couple of weeks we will be creating our very own adventure bus to move the team around. You will get experience working and have the skills and know how to create your own conversion van or bus in the future if you choose.
The Graduation Europe Trip
Places we will be visiting during the Graduation Trip:
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Izola, Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea
Umag, Croatia on the Adriatic Sea
Trieste, Italy on the Adriatic Sea
Italian Rivera ~ Cinque Terra, Italy ~
This trip is less about contacts and training and more about celebration, reflection and planning the next steps in your journey. You will be changed by our time together and need time to process as well as create a strategy to see your vision come to fruition.
We will be traveling in a Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter Van and staying in AirBNB locations.
Are you one of us?
We are looking for adventurous 18-30 year olds who want to create or be part of a business that will allow them the freedom to live out the purpose that they feel God has created them for. These are the kind of people who are looking for something more fulfilling than the American Dream.
What will I walk away with besides amazing memories?
1. You will have the ability to buy your own business or be a business builder. Over the course of the program we will help train you in one of our business models that is right for you. Our business models provide a full time income with a work week less than 20 hours. This isn’t so that you can sit on the beach the rest of the week. We want you to have the time and energy to be 100% engaged in the process of making disciples wherever God calls you to. .
2. You will become a confident disciple maker. Have you ever dreaded something, and then you went out and accomplished it and realized it wasn’t that bad? Making disciples is often like that before you have done it. You’ll learn a simple transferable process and be trained and get hands on experience in the most effective methods and strategies for making disciples.
3. Adventure. We will have many different opportunities to experience different adventures: hiking, waterfalls, exploring the cities. In addition, we will visit a number of other places during the year, including England, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, and Switzerland. Visiting all those places is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, but doing it with a group of energetic Christians, while growing and learning more about your faith and business is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. And the reality is both business and making disciples are awesome adventures in themselves.
4. Furthering the Cause of BAM around the World. Our primary task during the year will be working on a BAM project that can allow Christians to have the time, money, energy, and freedom through a business to be able to be involved in mission anywhere in the world, with the skills and know-how to further a disciple making movement through business.
5. Unleashed Potential. One of the things that Buddy has experienced over in over through his years of youth ministry, corporate consulting and running discipleship schools is seeing people being unleashed into their full potential.
Days Until BAM School Starts (Sept 15, 2021)
Then I realized ADVENTURE is the best way to learn.
Apply today to Join us in the Fall of 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my car?
Yes, you are welcome to bring a car though you don’t need one.
How many students are you accepting?
We are accepting a maximum of 10 students for the 2021 school year.
What if I need to go to a wedding or other event?
Please let us know in your application or as soon as you are aware of an event. If you have an event you would like to attend, you will be responsible for your own expenses to get to and from and we would prefer you keep those to a minimum, especially if you are attending on a scholarship.
What costs will I incur?
If you are planning on building your own business in the afternoons the full tuition for the program is $17,500. If you are applying for a work scholarship all your travel, lodging, food, and teaching expenses will be covered and you will be doing a marketing internship in one of our existing businesses. Extra drinks, snacks, or gifts will be your responsibility. We will pay for some of the adventure items that we want everyone to be a part of like going up the Eiffel tower in Paris or riding on a gondola in Venice, Italy but you will have the opportunity for extra things, such as surfing in at the beach or paragliding in the Alps that are not covered by the program.
What will a typical day look like?
Breakfast and time with God on your own.
8:30-10:30 Discipleship Training or Business, depending on the day of the week. (Worship and Prayer one day a week from 8:30-9:30)
11:00 – 12:00 Business Skills Development
1:00 – 3:30 Business Building Project
4:00 – 5:00 Personal Development Project (Write a book, Learn to code, Start a vlog or podcast)
7:00 Grow time Mon-Thurs (Reading, enjoying community, games, meetups)
What will a typical week look like?
When we are on the road there will generally be a lower key day once a week, but the other days will be more busy. We do provide plenty of time to reflect, read, and think while we are traveling. When we are at our home base Monday-Friday, the schedule will look like the timetable above, and the weekends are generally free. Some Saturdays will include required team building adventures, and some will be optional. Sundays are generally free with the exception of church and a group lunch.
What if I have food allergies/health issues?
Let us know of any food allergies or health issues ahead of time. We have had people with different issues over the years, but we have also had two people unable to complete the program because of the issues they were facing regarding diet. Please be up front in the beginning so we can make sure this is a great experience for you.
What about COVID? At this point, we are continuing on as normal. We will take precautions with meeting with others but will largely proceed as normal at this point. If Europe does not open up this fall we will probably have a longer graduation trip in Europe in the spring of 2022.
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