“What does a 21st century mission organization look like?” Or “What will missions look like in the future?” are two questions I am often asked. The next 2 months I wish to answer these questions as the answers greatly impact your business and your recruiting/hiring of millennials.

In October and November these blogs focused on working with millennials in our businesses. I will build on this over the next two months by laying out six key points which are central for all B4T endeavors; relationships, accountability, transparency, excellence, out-sourcing and church centric.

It is the intertwining of these six points that I see is the way forward.  Let’s begin with a quiz

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last four Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last three winners of the Miss America contest.
  4. Name last two people who have won the Pulitzer Prize.
  5. What is the name and title of the leader of China?

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday, and even of today! These people are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause fades. Notoriety dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz.

  1. Name five people who have taught you something you remember a year or more later.
  2. Think of four people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  3. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  4. List two people who have had a significant impact on your spiritual life.
  5. Name a teacher who aided your journey through school.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. Relationships. If we desire to impact lives for Jesus—If we wish to make a difference for eternity—If we seek for our B4T to transform the community, the nation—invest in people.  Build relationships.



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.