A love for people and a passion for God's mission are important characteristics of an effective tentmaker. But beyond that, the tentmaker is uniquely qualified, with a passion for mission that is based on a personal surrender to anywhere and any time God wants to use them, that includes:
- Professional training and experience that is valued in the marketplace of another country.**
- Personal excellence that contributes significantly to the workplace and that demonstrates integrity, faithfulness, moral purity, loyalty, and kindness.
- Sincerity that communicates a genuine interest in others and develops relationships with colleagues and neighbors.
- Spiritual influence that is rooted in a living relationship with Jesus and a dependence on the Holy Spirit in witness.
- Flexibility that is able to accept changes, inconveniencs, and differences.
- Intentionality in how one relates to the world around them that speaks of clear purpose and a desire to put God's call into substantive actions.
- High cultural intelligence that is well-informed and sensitive of another person's world and is flexible in relating to new situations.
** The largest vocational areas open to tentmakers in the Middle East are education, health-care, agriculture, engineering, business, finance, science and technology. Teaching English as a second language is also a common tentmaking profession. While unskilled international workers are used widely throughout the region in the secular job market, satisfactory placement can be challenging.