4BAM Mission:

Launching a Self-Funding Disciple Making Movement

Through Business

Current Reality vs. 4BAM Vision

Current Reality

  • 70% Leaving Faith in College
  • $38,500 Average Debt Load per Student,  1.5 Trillion Total Debt.  Debt #1 Reason for Divorce
  • Education Not Adequate for Today's Market
  • Involvement with School Ends at Graduation


  • 90% Developing a Strong Faith & Making Disciples
  • $0 Cost $0 Debt.  Work Hard to Earn Education While Gaining Profitable Skills.
  • Prepared for Business & Gaining Crucial Skills
  • Involvement Continues for Life in Business and Discipleship


FREE Biblically Integrated Business Education

Students will be getting an education for free.  Free in the sense that it doesn't cost you money.  It will cost them time and effort in working on the business model that we have set up or working for an outside business that has agreed to fund their education in exchange for their work for their business using a skill that they have or are looking to acquire. 


Launching Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs into Their Own Business & Disciple Making Ministry

Students will get real work experience, working on real projects for real businesses.  Some of the work projects are team based, especially at the beginning and others, especially the more technical skills tend to be a little more solo based, even though students will still be working in group environment.  At the same time they will be getting real hands on training and experience from practitioners in disciple making movements around the world.  We will also be working in expat communities in Chiang Mai as well seeking to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ.


2nd Half Impact for Business and Leadership Mentors for our students

We connect mentors with next generation entrepreneurs and business leaders.  We are creating a community where both mentors and students benefit and where each business has a positive impact on customers, staff and community.

The Story of 4BAM

There is going to be a huge change in university education in the coming years.  We want to be on the front end creating, creating a means for Christian young people to receive a quality, relevant education for FREE in exchange for their hard work, while growing in their faith.  We want to raise up entrepreneurs and young people called to do business in a way that furthers the Kingdom

God is looking for those with whom he can do the impossible.  - What a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. 

A. W. TOZER  //  Man of God

“we are continuing God’s work of forming, filling, and subduing. Whenever we bring order out of chaos, whenever we draw out creative potential, whenever we elaborate and “unfold” creation beyond where it was when we found it, we are following God’s pattern of creative cultural development.”

Tim Keller //  Pastor/Author

Why is now the perfect time to launch 4BAM?

  • Technology is opening new doors that allow this to be a reality.  
  • Ideal facilities (former churches, schools & college campuses) are affordable and abundant
  • Everyone wants to live a purposeful life and people are living 30 years past retirement

Dive a Little Deeper

Discipleship Tools


Proposed Business Model for Discipleship Movement through Business


To Schedule a Time to Connect with Buddy


We are setting up 4 BAM as it's own 501 (c) 3.  According to information directly from the IRS that process can be as short as 2 months or longer than a year.  Until we receive official information from the IRS we will run our donations through Stop Slavery.  Stop Slavery was started with Business as Mission as one of its 3 main purposes and Stop Slavery is facilitating the launch of 4BAM.

Buddy Rathmell //  Founder

Thanks for stopping by 4BAM.  In the last 10 years I have founded or cofounded 3 non profits.  started 2 training schools and started (and closed) 2 Businesses.  None of them excite me near as much as the vision of 4BAM.  If you are looking for a cause you can get behind I'd love to talk with you further.  In my mind, there's nothing better than helping young people to get a FREE, quality eduction while preparing them to make disciples and run businesses that impact the world for good.  If that resonates with you we need to talk.  Life is short.  Let's make it count.

Buddy Rathmell

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