We are pleased to offer this fifth title in our APTS Press Monograph Series. This is the publication of the author's doctoral dissertation done through the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The purpose of this series is to give our readers broader access to good scholarship that would otherwise be unavailable outside of the academic community. This is part of our ongoing commitment to discipleship through publishing. Christian mission organizations have enthusiastically embraced ""business"" as a means of entry for Christian workers who might not otherwise be able to get into these nations, especially MMNs. However, the embracing of business raises some immediate concerns. In light of existing tensions between business and Islam, won't missions-connected businesses be under the same cloud of conflict? More importantly, isn't the Gospel put under this cloud, thereby negatively impacting the spread of the kingdom of God? Also, if the business-and-mission companies' expatriate owners and employees are western (especially American) won't the conflicts inevitably intensify? And if so, are there ways such entities can be operated in order to minimize the conflict with Islamic sensitivities? This book will address these and other related questions.
Dr. Stefan received an M.M. from Northwestern University in 1981 and worked as an investment banker for twelve years before being appointed with U.S. Assemblies of God World Missions. He earned an M.Div. from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in 2002 and a Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, in 2016. He and his wife, Marilyn, work to strengthen the relationship between churches and business people with the goal of establishing financially sustainable church communities.