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Current Reality

70% Leaving faith in college

$38,500 Average Debt Load per student.  1,500,000,000,000 Total Debt. Debt #1 reason for divorce

Education not adequate for today’s market

Involvement with school ends at graduation.


90% Developing strong faith & making disciples

Scholarship opportunity with $0 cost $0 debt. work hard to earn education for free! Build business to pay expenses.

Prepared for business & gaining critical skills

Involvement continues for life in business and discipleship

Make an Impact & Leave a Legacy

We want our students, staff, and partners to all make an impact with their lives and leave an eternal legacy when they depart this earth. We believe business provides one of the best avenues in today’s world as a platform for impact. To that end we endeavor to create:

1.  Biblically Integrated Business Education

Students will be getting a high quality education and many of them will take advantage of our scholarship opportunities. Some students will pay full tuition, as they have an existing business or want to build one. Students who win scholarships will be working on one of our existing businesses in some sort of marketing or administration role. They will be working in a business in the afternoon, gaining real world education and marketable skills they can use to provide for themselves or start their own business.

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

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

While not every student will want to run their own business or full time disciple making ministry, we do hope to have at least two students or teams each year that desire to run their own business funded disciple making ministry.


3.  2nd Half Impact & Legacy Building

We connect business leaders, mentors, and teachers with our students. Some will be a one time gathering, while others will engage in a more intentional process. We also have opportunities for experienced business owners to invest in our businesses and provide advice and counsel.

Invest and Impact at the Same Time.

The World is changing at a breakneck speed. One of the things that I have learned in the past 11 years running the nonprofit Stop Slavery is that sometimes there are better ways to impact the lives of others than giving them money. A job can give someone dignity in a way that a donation never can. There is a place for donations, but there is a growing place for Kingdom Investments that return, not only a financial return but an eternal one as well.

To find out more about this investment opportunity, you can go to or schedule a call with Buddy. You can reach out in one of the ways below or jump on my calendar at

The BAM School Journey

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 (for Scholarship Winners) 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 & Author

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 BAM School?

  • Technology is opening new doors that allow this to be a reality. 
  • Ideal facilities(former churches, schools, and college campuses) are affordable and abundant.
  • Culturally large companies like Amazon and Google are moving away from college degrees and to skills to hire employees. There are over 30 million businesses in the US, the vast majority of which do not require a degree to run or own.  

To Dive a Little Deeper

Buddy Rathmell // Founder BAM School

Thanks for stopping by The BAM In the last 11 years, I have founded or co-founded three nonprofits, and started two training schools and two businesses. None of them excite me near as much as the vision of BAM School, which integrates the best of all that I have spent my life doing. 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 great, quality education 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.

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