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Biblical Tentmaking


Biblical Tentmaking

Tentmaking as a strategy has garnered a lot of attention recently because of the difficulty in raising funds on deputation and the ever increasing number of Restricted Access Countries; therefore, there are numerous mission boards that are developing a Tentmaking division, but when you look deeper at the policies of these new divisions, they really are defined only by the fact that they involve a job and reaching Restricted Access Countries. The Tentmaking missionaries they are sending out most often are doing missions but not Tentmaking. What most of these mission boards are doing is “Creative Access.” This is a category of missions that is consistently confused with Tentmaking just because it involves the Gospel and a job. And, while it is missions, it is actually a twist on vocational ministry, not Tentmaking. This strategy is most often utilized in Restricted Access Countries. “Creative Access” has one distinguishing feature—getting in at all costs.