What makes a good tentmaker?

 

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.