Global Opportunities has been invited to attend the Pentecostal European Mission Consultation for the past two years. The timing could not have been better. The leadership group had their finger on the pulse when it came to where and how missions could be done – from new churches (especially in Central Europe) and from churches with a strong missions vision but not enough members to send supported missionaries.
Last year, in Cluj, Romania, tentmaking was introduced to leaders from a number of countries in Europe. Already from that consultation, five people have attended GO Equipped courses. Some are future trainers, some are mobilizers, and some are missions pastors. One leader was instrumental in bring the GO Equipped course to the Czech Republic last month (see below).
This year, 75 mission leaders from 25 countries gathered in Warsaw, Poland, where tentmaking took the centre stage during the consultation. Two separate tracks were offered to help leaders develop their tentmaking strategies.
The director of one of the oldest leading mission agencies in Europe made this statement at the end of the consultation: “Tentmaking will be our major focus from here forwards.”
Indeed, tentmaking is hitting the mainstream among the churches in Europe, and at the same time it is taking a leadership role in the world of missions.
Report by Ari Rocklin