The conventional Adventist missionary often serves established institutions or has a specific position within the church structure. But a tentmaker is employed in the secular job market where there is little or no Adventist presence and where a structured church organization hasn’t yet developed or isn’t even permitted. The workplace, then, is the platform from which a tentmaker does ‘mission.’
Does that make a tentmaker a missionary? Absolutely! When life and talents are fully committed to reaching beyond your own world to share God' love and the hope Jesus' soon coming, that's being a missionary. Because you're living for a mission. The setting may be secular, the people surrounding you may not recognize you as a missionary, but God has a mission to accomplish. And a true tentmaker is His missionary!