TENTMAKER [tent-may-ker]: A Jesus-follower, called by the Spirit and sent by a church to expand the Kingdom of God by making or taking a job in a gospel-deprived location to do marketplace ministry; so serious about ministry that they should be viewed as bi-vocational missionaries.
Imagine not leaving your career, but taking it with you overseas and helping out with a nearby church-planting project. Making a lasting difference with the gospel doesn’t mean leaving your career; you can change lives, change families, and change communities without changing your career. University students can pursue their graduate studies in overseas universities, which often provide instruction in English and at low cost.
This feels innovative. It’s not. There’s a lot of history behind this idea. Tentmaking was done by the Apostle Paul, and the amazing husband and wife ministry team, Aquila and Priscilla. Tentmaking was the main way Christianity spread for almost 1800 years. Even the father of modern missions, William Carey, wrote: “We have ever held it to be an essential principle in the conduct of missions that, whenever it is practicable, missionaries should support themselves in whole or in part through their own exertions.”
Some believe that the future of American missions lies with tentmakers, bivocational missionaries. Overseas marketplace ministers are up 600%, led by Millennials who are more willing than most to go global with their career search. And don’t just think about engineers, accountants, nurses and teachers. Carpenters, plumbers, and mechanics are needed in many First-World countries as well.
BMW’s INTENT Seminar is held every July and is led by a team of 18 church-planters and Atlanta-area businesspersons with a heart for overseas marketplace ministry. The week-long event provides cutting edge training in tentmaker basics, cultural intelligence, business ethics and integrity, business planning, entrepreneurship, cross-cultural leadership, resumes & job placement, tentmaker schizophrenia, platform dynamics, small business accounting, time management, and project management.
It is optimal if INTENT is taken in conjunction with BMW’s Candidate Seminar, ReL8 Cross-Cultural Seminar, and Field Prep Seminar. Whether you are a new college graduate or a professional further down the road, we can help you discover, develop, and deploy your career for the sake of the gospel overseas.
Just fill in the fields below and click “Send.” Two things will happen: we will email you to confirm your information, and we will contact your home church to secure their recommendation.
Once your home church provides us with a positive recommendation, we will email you an Application. Emailing in your Application begins BMW’s training process to prepare you for the field. Go to the Training page to learn about BMW’s cutting edge pre-field training seminars.
Our Global Opportunities Team is available to answer your questions at 770.339.3500 or via email at GO-Team@biblicalministries.org.