Seventh-day Adventist tentmakers cooperate wherever possible with the visible structure and leadership of the Adventist Church. They are part of the prayerful counsel, the mutual encouragement, and the training opportunities of the church. As they relate to the organized church--whether the local organization or the field leaders--a tentmaker is
- A self-supporting lay member whose freedom to do mission in a closed country is protected by their independence of any sponsoring organization or apparent mission affiliation, although they will prayerfully present a clear identity as a Christian and, as opportunities arise, as a Seventh-day Adventist.
- A faithful, participating member of a local (or nearby) Seventh-day Adventist worshipping group.
- A supportive collaborator with the leadership of the Adventist Church in whatever way is wise and sensitive to the setting.