Presentation on theme: "Presenter Introduction a Canadian, born in Finland, grew up in Sweden pastored 2 churches missionary to India tentmakers to Asia tentmaker mobilizer since."— Presentation transcript:
Presenter Introduction a Canadian, born in Finland, grew up in Sweden pastored 2 churches missionary to India tentmakers to Asia tentmaker mobilizer since ‘98 associate for tentmaking WEA advisor for tentmakers Alpha
“he will never amount to anything” High School Teacher “he has made a radical attempt to overthrow everything this Bible school stands for…” Bible School Dean “what kind of church would send him to the mission field?” – India Team member “he is a bad influence on my husband” Wife of a former state senator
Churches as Senders of Kingdom Professionals Perspectives on essential elements for sending Kingdom Professionals Ari J. Rocklin Global Opportunities/TENT Ari J. Rocklin Global Opportunities/TENT
Why the term Tentmaking should stay! Why we should not use it: 1.It requires a definition! 2.No one has heard of it… 3.It is passe – BAM is it! FACT: < 5% of tentmakers are doing BAM!
Why the term Tentmaking should stay! Why we should use it: Every other term needs an explanation as well! It’s a Biblical term Pays respect to Apostle Paul It is better known than most people think….
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals Back to the program 29
Background o Founded by Ruth Siemens 1984 o GO developed the original course content o 2 courses per year in US – HQ Florida o 242 have attended the course in US o 11 courses in 8 countries last year (GO/Tent) o 2547 people have attended GO seminars o Has developed tentmaking in over 10 countries o Has helped over 3000 tentmakers to get there GO/Tent course has been attended by people from 52 countries who have gone to 80 countries. 28
Tent (Norway) Background Founded in 2001 by Steinar Opheim – former tentmaker to Azerbaijan GO was founding partner GO/TENT run most courses together 380 people have attended the course at their HQ in Bergen Norway Key trainer of African tentmaking leaders in partnership with All Africa Tentmakers (TI) Developed the Tent Member Care program tentinternational.org 27
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 1.What preparation is needed? 2.What are the essential pieces for sending churches? 3.What do the ongoing needs look like? 4.What does GO/TENT offer & plan to offer? globalopps.info/chicago 26
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 1. Equipping Eph.4:11,12 “...pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service...” 2. Screening Acts 6:3 “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” What preparation is needed? 25
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 3. Sending Acts 13:3 “So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” What preparation is needed? 24
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 4. Supporting Acts 18:3-5 “And because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue.... When Silas & Timothy came… Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching...” What preparation is needed? 23
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 5. Encouraging Acts 15:30-31 “The men were sent off and went down to Antioch where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.” What preparation is needed? 22
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 6. Reporting Acts 14:27 “On arriving there (Antioch), they (Paul & Barnabas) gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them...” What preparation is needed? 21
What preparation is needed? Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals The Church should know: it is not only about access into closed countries it is not part-time mission work it is not about “flying under the radar” – being secretive it is about dissolving the sacred/secular divide 20
Mission Agency Going Alone 2 Team OUTCountry & INCountry 3 Ways to the Nations 19 9 /10 of KP’s we work with choose to be direct sent by their churches HOME CHURCH
What are the essential pieces for sending churches? Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals Informing – what/why/where/how Equipping – faith@work Mentoring – holding accountable Allowing – exercise gifts Training – long courses not possible Perspectives – Kairos - Alpha 18
What do ongoing needs look like? Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals Regular communication Encouragement & support Visits by church members Transition on return (end of contract/emergencies) 17
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals Tentmaking Briefs Monthly - since 2009 16 What does GO/TENT offer?
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals 15
What does GO/TENT offer? Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals Tentmaking Briefs Monthly Seminars 14
Churches as senders of Kingdom Professionals New GO Website - church section Online course - Tent Tent Member Care program Jobs Database – for fee Intent Quarterly eMagazine What does GO/TENT plan to offer? 5
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