What is the School of Transformational Business?

This 6 week seminar dives into the biblical foundation of “Business As Missions” (BAM), and trains participants in the basics of starting a business as missions business.  It brings present day and historical examples of how business can be used for transformation to places that are closed to the Gospel as well as empowering the poor and needy and to use business as a way to bring transformation of communities. Some of the topics covered include understanding the concepts and history of missions and BAM in particular, entrepreneurship, creating vision and mission statements, developing a business plan, marketing, innovation, sales and distribution, risk-taking in faith, and discipleship and leadership in business.


School Dates

Dates: More information will be provided for SOTB 2024. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in attending the course.

Cost and Application

A Nations: 18,000 NOK B Nations: 14,500 NOK
C Nations: 11,000 NOK
Application Deadline:
April 4th, 2024

University of the Nations

Completed DTS

University of the Nations Credits:  These credits may be applied to a UofN degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities. Learn more about UofN accreditation.

Visa: It’s very important to contact us to get more info if you are from a country outside of Europe (Schengen-zone) as you might need a visa. 

Topics Covered

Biblical foundation of Business
Examples of Business as Mission
Innovation and co-creating with God
How to develop a business plan
Kingdom Leadership in Business
Pricing and how to make a budget
Business Law

Meet the Staff

Lis Cochrane 

Lis Cochrane has been working with YWAM for 40 years. Most of that time she, along with her husband, worked in India and Nepal,  pioneering YWAM Nepal and YWAM India and co-leading with her husband YWAM’s work in South and Central Asia for 26 years.  During this time they also served on YWAM’s Global Leadership’s Team for 16 years.   Lis also pioneered  and led the UofN campus in Lonavala India, which today serves hundreds of students.    

Today Lis helps to facilitate Business With A Mission in YWAM, and the Center for Economic Development in the UofN.   This involves serving YWAMer’s using business as missions and facilitating the School of Transformational Business in YWAM. This school is now offered in 14 countries.  

She and her husband, Steve Cochrane, have two daughters  and currently live in India half the year and half in the Seattle area.  

Oliver & Esther Kwiatkowski

Oliver & Esther Kwiatkowski are based in Germany and have a heart for the poor and needy in Eswatini.

Before they came to YWAM, Oliver was a self-employed and independent broker of Insurances, Investments and mutual funds. He has a heart for the marketplace and wants to see that more businesses with a Kingdom perspective take place in the market place, and Businessowners become aware that they have a greater purpose, than to support and donate into the God’s Kingdom.

Esther has a heart for hospitality and to create a space where you feel welcomed.

Bill English 

Bill English is an experienced business owner and entrepreneur. Bill holds an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also a Minnesota Licensed Psychologist and has completed post-graduate training in business process management, negotiations, family therapy, and strategic leadership.

Bill has owned three different businesses in health care, technology training, and systems consulting. Bill presently serves as the CEO in a turnaround of a $24M home care company with 650 employees.

Bill serves his local church as an elder, and has authored two books:  Christian Theology of Business Ownership and Thirty Sayings of Wisdom for Leaders in Business.

Bill and his wife Kathy live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he describes summer as the eleven best days of the year!



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