Tentmaker Ministry

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About this Project

For Nearly 30 years, AFM has been sending church-planting missionaries to the hardest-to-reach people groups in the world. In 2014, we expanded our missionary vision to include Tentmakers (named for the Apostle Paul’s means of supporting and enabling his missionary ministry).

Go where missionaries can’t enter.

What are tentmakers, and why are they so important to missions? First of all, many countries will turn people back at the border if they state their vocation as “missionary.” However, almost anybody can go to these countries to work as English teachers, engineers or scientists. Doors that are closed for missionaries swing wide open for skilled, educated professionals who are willing to share their occupational talents along with the Gospel.

AFM is now preparing to train and coach individuals and families who are willing to use their secular careers overseas for the glory of God. They won’t ever call themselves missionaries, but they will speak often of their love for Jesus. Where there is no tolerance for overt church work, they will make their homes secret churches. Their lives will bring the aroma of Christ into places where the Gospel fragrance has never been smelled before.

Use your professional talents for witnessing

Many Adventist lay people are looking for a new depth of richness and meaning in their lives—the satisfaction of using their God-given expertise to create eternal value. The AFM tentmaker initiative seeks to empower engineers, teachers, computer specialists and myriad other professionals—any man or woman who feels called of God—to serve in frontier mission work. AFM’s tentmaker program demolishes several barriers to service:

  1. Long service cycles. Instead of traditional five- to ten-year calls, tentmakers will go out for one to three years. Because they typically work with educated nationals who speak English, shorter service times still can bear fruit.
  2. Limited missionary-sending budgets. Instead of drawing church salaries, tentmakers earn their own support onsite.
  3. Fundraising time and effort. A tentmaker can launch within weeks of landing a job overseas.
  4. Limited division, union, and conference support. While local church leadership may lack manpower and funds to target new areas, tentmakers are free to go wherever God provides them with employment.

The AFM tentmaker program will draw on the diverse group of professionals now being educated in Adventist schools around the world—an immense, untapped pool of talented individuals on fire with mission passion. While it’s hard to find traditional mission calls for the broad range of majors our universities graduate, the foreign job market is brimming with employers eager to recruit talented tentmakers for interesting, edifying work.

Already, AFM is seeing an initial reaction hinting that great numbers of people would be interested in tentmaking. We hope to see our first wave of tentmakers launch in 2015.

Learn more about Tentmaker missions or to join the tentmaker community by visiting our GoTential website at www.gotential.org.

Frontier Stories

Good News

I must believe that if Nina’s husband is now baptized and worshiping Jesus, “nothing is impossible with God!” Seeds take time to grow, but the law of the planted seed prevails.

By: Barnabas Hope
January 29 2019, 4:43 pm | Comments 0

From the Mouths of Muslims

Way to go, my Muslim tentmaker friend! Another credible testimony of Christ from a Muslim witness.

By: Barnabas Hope
January 01 2019, 4:47 am | Comments 0

Raising World Changers

Let us educate strategically to help young men and women dream about reaching the nations. Let us graduate men and women equipped for careers and inspired to make their careers serve their Christian calling.

By: Barnabas Hope
November 01 2018, 2:27 pm | Comments 0

Faith Under Fire

As I work with tentmakers all over the world, I am often humbled to hear their stories of dedication through difficulty. This story was sent to me by a woman who is currently serving as a GoTential tentmaker:

By: Barnabas Hope
October 01 2018, 6:38 am | Comments 0

Bible Heroes with Day Jobs

Today, God still has His talent list. Perhaps He has picked you.

By: Barnabas Hope
August 01 2018, 10:39 am | Comments 0

The First

If you yearn to see the gospel spread to the ends of the earth, support the GoTential tentmaker vision.

By: Barnabas Hope
February 01 2018, 3:30 am | Comments 0

The Key Ingredient

As it now says in the flyleaf of my Bible, “Talent cannot work unless you are there.”

By: Barnabas Hope
May 01 2016, 7:16 am | Comments 0

The “Pro” in Proclamation

Tentmakers are people who have set their sights beyond career accomplishment to seek deeper satisfaction.

By: Barnabas Hope
November 01 2015, 5:59 am | Comments 0

Heroic Rescue

Any number of souls won for Christ is heroic number.

By: Barnabas Hope
March 01 2015, 3:12 pm | Comments 0

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