In the past 200 years, the work of missions has mainly been done by full-time Christian workers so tentmaking is not well understood in the Christian community today.
Some common queries:
- Is tentmaking “real” missions? Are tentmakers undercover missionaries, whose jobs are mainly entry tickets to restricted access countries?
- If they have real jobs, do they have time to share the Gospel?
- And if they do not have much time for ministry, does that not make them second class missionaries?
- For those who have a business license, but do not make much profit and hardly pay taxes, is there an issue with integrity?
To address these issues, we need to ask some fundamental questions to understand what missions is really all about. 21st century missions must be a thoughtful integration of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment–the whole Gospel for the whole person in the whole world. Read the whole article…
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