The Tentmaker's Role

 

In MENA, not every Seventh-day Adventist international worker sees themselves in a mission as a tentmaker.  Not every tentmaker has the same focus as a Total Employment tentmaker.  But all are where God can use them, and each has a special role in mission as we work together:

The International Worker

  • Is primarily in the region for employment.
  • May or may not be an active member of a local congregation.
  • May have little or no mission engagement . 

The Tentmaker

  • Is an active member of a local Adventist congregation or small group.
  • Is faithful to Adventist doctrines, identity, and lifestyle, including Sabbath observance.
  • Integrates work and mission.
  • Actively witnesses to fellow countrymen and expatriates from other countries.   

The Total Employment Member*

  • Is a faithful, practicing Adventist member and is committed to the church organization. Collaborates with the local and regional church leadership in harmony with shared mission values. 
  • Is primarily focused on mission and prioritizes his/her professional work from that perspective.
  • Has an experienced cultural intelligence or a high aptitude to learn.
  • Has a specific aptitude for cultural contextualization.
  • Is intentional about learning the local language of the host region.
  • Focuses on mission to the indigenous members of the host region. 

 
*Total Employment is an initiative to recruit, train, and chaplain self-sustaining missionaries who prioritize mission to the indigenous people of the MENA region. Total Employment is not a program, but an initiative primarily focused on building up a professional network of mission-driven, human resources.  Indigenous professionals may join the TE network as they share and embrace its values.