Tentmaking: The Life and Work of Business as Missions

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Biblica, Jan 5, 2006 - Religion - 417 pages
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Those who are unfamiliar with the world of tentmaking will find valuable information to introduce them to the concept and to help in getting started. Designed to be a manual, Tentmaking is more than just an overview of questions and issues. This work will serve as an in-depth reference for existing tentmakers. This thoroughly researched collection is the result of interviews from over 450 people serving in the 10/40 window. It provides a unique viewpoint on missions, sharing proven, workable alternatives to conventional missionary life. Tentmaking provides an important and much needed resource to this specialized area of world missions.
 

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"Church is just one part of our lives. For most tentmakers, our job is our church, and the work place is our place of worship. All Christians need to grasp the fact that business is a medium of ... Read full review

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Mr. Lai, reflects on his many years of actual experience in different "missions" fields and different roles. He gives a great reflection on the future of missions in the 10/40 window that is not receptive to the typical "missionary" but is to the "Tentmaker."This could save you from being kicked out of this region, like many in the past because of lack of education/experience that this book provides. A must read, even if I agree only 90% on his ideas.  

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Contents

BREAKING BOXES
1
WHO AM I ANYWAY?
9
PROS AND CONS OF SETTING UP A TENT
31
PREPARING YOUR TENT
51
MINDING OUR MOTIVES
73
TESTING YOUR TENT PreField Preparation
93
THE TENTMAKERS TRANSFORMATION
123
EVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING
141
THE TENTMAKER AND HIS CHILDREN
293
THE TENTMAKER AND HIS HOME BASE
317
TENTMAKING TENSIONS
331
TENTMAKING CONFLICTS
365
WE GOT NEXT
379
GLOSSARY
383
SHORTTERM WORKER QUESTIONS
385
Pioneer Church Planting Phases
388

FOUNDATIONS
169
FELLOWSHIP ON AND OFF THE FIELD
199
THE TENTMAKERS JOBS
221
THE TENTMAKERS PERSONAL LIFE
249
WOMEN AND TENTMAKING
269
MOU MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING
401
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE JOINING A MISSION ORGANIZATION OR TEAM
404
SECULAR VERSUS SACRED TERMINOLOGY
411
NOTES
415
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Patrick Lai and his family have lived and worked in the 10/40 Window for 23 years. They served for 4 years as regular missionaries and 19 years as tentmakers. The Lord has enabled his team to plant two churches and begin several for profit businesses. Patrick has degrees in Business, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies. He has written numerous articles on tentmaking and lectures around the world on using business as missions for Christ.

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