From their stories, you see that cross-cultural, workplace witnesses or tentmakers have had great impact making disciples. And if you are prepared, you can too. Global Opportunities’ GO Equipped! course gives you what you need to become effective.
While some tentmakers are highly effective, many others are not. From experience with 100s of tentmakers, we have discovered major keys to effectiveness—first, learning how to integrate work and ministry, and then, learning the relational ministry skills which fit that integrated model.
GO Equipped! helps you build the skills you really need whether you go as a student, a professional or a businessperson. It shows how to integrate faith with all of life including work. It relieves the tension between time for work and time for ministry. In fact, work becomes a vital means of ministry.
The course is very Biblical and, at the same time, intensely practical. Real life tentmaker stories show how tentmaking really works and how God can use you. The whole course gives you concrete examples of how to do the various aspects of tentmaking.
It’s not just textbook, it’s real life. I was really impressed by the practical teaching and the stories. The teaching is applicable to our daily lives not just for our time abroad. —from multiple attendees
Attendees learn the relational ministry skills which work in the workplace and community. You learn how to share Christ in a natural, non-invasive way that arouses spiritual interest and questions. Through colleagues’ questions you see where God is working and get into deeper conversations about Jesus. Learn how to start and lead discovery-type Bible studies for interested friends to investigate Jesus in the original record.
Hospitality is vital to this process. GO Equipped! shows you why it’s vital and how to do it comfortably. Discover how to enter people’s cultural world—how to understand, appreciate, and adapt to their culture. And learn how to transition through culture shock to enjoying and bonding with the people in their world.
And gain confidence in sharing your spiritual story, explaining the gospel, and guiding people to Jesus without manipulating them. As people come to Christ this way, they are excited about him. They want to learn and grow. They begin to share Christ and bring others to Bible studies. And they start new investigative Bible studies.
As people grow, some investigative Bible studies turn into discipleship Bible studies which grow into house church fellowships. The course equips you to disciple developing leaders through this whole process.
By the end of GO Equipped! you are equipped for all major aspects of tentmaking, strengthened with hope in God’s power, and set on course to continue to prepare and go.Register for GO Equipped Course
More participant insights
This course…has given me so many ideas on how I can integrate my faith better. —December 2013
You teach us to share Jesus as it is a normal part of life, integrate it into your everyday life. We know this is how it should be done, but you have modeled it for us. —Norway 2013
I really want to share my story now that I feel equipped to do so. There has always been a desire to share my faith, but have not been good at it. The course is so practical and I see so many new ways to be more intentional with my faith. —Norway, 2013
The tools and materials you provide seem so natural and logical and flowing. —December 2013
This course is relevant for all believers! —Norway, 2013
Enjoyed the practical teaching, so much of the teaching in churches which is not. —Sweden, 2013
I had so much struggle in sharing my faith with people, I have not had the courage to do this. Sharing your story really encouraged me to do this. I have no more fear in doing this since I now know where to start. —Norway, 2013
This course has given us direction and how to proceed and continue to learn. I have also learned that I can be a tentmaker now, here at home. —Norway, 2012
To integrate work and faith has been the biggest lesson to learn. Every Christian can do this. If you remember nothing else from this course, they must remember this integration of work and faith. —health care worker in Nigeria, 2011
I wish I had come to this course before going to BF. This training has given me a new vision as I return soon. I can start applying what I learned tomorrow. —doctor working in Burkina Faso, 2011
I can use…these principles right here at home. —Sweden, 2013
More content detail
Four days of intensive, high impact training for people interested in tentmaking business as mission. The course is designed for those planning to go as tentmakers, business people and those considering it in the future. Importance of tentmaking today
- Biblical basis of tentmaking –
Integrating work & faith
- Moving from culture shock to bonding
- Finding an international job
- Today’s major tentmaker challenges
- Sensitive, effective evangelism
- Leading investigative Bible studies
- Using the Alpha Course for evangelism
- Discipling disciples who make disciples
- Planting reproducing house churches
- Cultivating strong home church bonds
- Keys to productive teams
- Preparing to be effective
- Practical issues and balance
- Mission agencies & tentmakers
- Working in sensitive countries
- Effective Business as Mission
- Case Studies
GO/TENT has trained tentmakers from 52 countries who have gone to 80 countriesRegister for GO Equipped Course
Sample Schedule (varies a little between courses)