The Last Bit: Let’s Make a Reading List for Marketplace Ministries

Some refer to it as “business as missions” or “BAM” while others use the term ‘marketplace ministries.’ Some still just say, “tentmaking,” in a throwback to the apostle Paul. Regardless, the idea is the same: How can I integrate my work and my witness as one, regardless of where I serve in the world. Can I be INTENTIONAL about merging the two? Can I actually PLAN my career in such a way that it provides the best avenue for multiplying disciples and churches in answer to the Great Commission? Those are tough questions. They deserve serious answers. Let’s pull together some of the best resources here. If you know of others, please mention them in comments following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

First, there are several resources listed on the Antioch Journey website. See


There you’ll find resources like these (we’ve pulled some additional ideas from a friend named Allan and added a few ourselves):

First, to keep in mind the eventual goal (making disciples):
*** Contagious Disciple Making by David L. Watson and Paul D. Watson
*** Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
*** Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott
*** The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges
*** http://www.MoreDisciples.com
*** http://www.ZumeProject.com

Then, books which specialize in marketpace ministry:
*** The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russel
*** Business for Transformation by Patrick Lai
*** Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen
*** Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice by C. Neal Johnson
*** Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer

Can you think of others? If so, please click comment following the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give!

5) Australia Tentmaking Course

Here’s a tentmaking course in Australia, Feb 20-24, hosted by Canberra International Church. AZTEM, Global Opportunities and TENT are working together to bring this training down under. It’s a two week curriculum on the realities of using your profession or business skills in closed countries to bring the Gospel to those yet to hear. The GO Equipped Course will not teach you how to do your work or how to run your business, but it will help you to integrate your faith with your profession and business. The focus is on ministry development and preparing well before you go. There will also be training for trainers on the last day of the course.


or email


4) Tentmaking Business As Mission Courses – Winter/Spring 2012 —

Let GO/TENT help you to develop your ministry plan by attending one of their Tentmaking Business as Mission courses. Their course fees are some of the lowest anywhere for a 4.5 day intensive, two week curriculum. An extensive course book, a course CD/USB full of post course resources and delicious meals are all included. At the suggestion of previous course alumni from Oregon, they are now running the first ever course in Portland in February. The following week there is a course across the continent in Fort Myers, Florida. Spring time finds the course in Bergen, Norway, at the TENT headquarters building. This course is filling up earlier each year, so register early. Immediately after this course, the teachers head to Finland for yet another course. In the fall is the third annual course in Germany. One of these should fit your schedule. Contact GO at

goemailatglobaloppsdotorg or visit their website




(Thanks to GlobalOpps.org for the $50 gift to help Brigada finish 2011 strong!)

8) Germany Awaits Tentmakers Business As Mission People —

The Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal Germany is hosting the second annual tentmaking business as mission course October 31-November 3 2011. The focus of four intense days is on ministry development and cultural adaptation. All teaching is in English. Space is limited so please register early. For more information and the course outline check out this link




or contact Steinar Opheim directly at


3) Second Africa Tentmakers International Conference

All are invited to the second all Africa Tentmakers International Conference.  It will be held at Dadji Sports Academy, Douala, Cameroon, August 12-15, 2010. 40 African countries will be gathering. Through training sessions, interactive workshops, worship and prayer, participants will develop their abilities to reach out in both urban and rural areas. There will be a strong emphasis on learning from other tentmakers’ experiences. The conference is designed for those who would use their trades or experiences to reach the unreached. Registration is 10 Euros. Accommodation is 52 Euros. For further information contact

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5) Tentmaker Training Returns To California!

tentmakingconfGlobal Opportunities’ research showed overwhelmingly that California is a preferred course location. After a five-year gap, the GO team is excited to offer it again on October 21-25, 2009 at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena. Who should attend? Anyone with a desire to integrate work and witness and to be effective using one’s profession to share Christ overseas. This course has been well attended in Europe and Canada, so GO USA has set a target of making this the biggest yet. For more information and registration, visit GO’s website —


or write Ari at

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2) Learn “Working Your Way to the Nations” Today!

mywaytonationsWorking Your Way to the Nations is a twelve unit distance learning course conducted over three months that provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to succeed as an international Christian witness. Learn interactively with a varied group of adults who are exploring their own pathways to serving God with their skills and professions in other nations. Course guidance and counsel is provided by a cadre of experienced, cross-cultural tutors. This certificate level course is also an excellent resource for senders who work in equipping and sending cross-cultural witnesses. It’s sponsored by the International Missionary Training Network of the WEA Missions Commission. Cost is US$50. But you’d better act fast. Registration is now open. The class begins this week! For more information, see…


or email


9) Tentmaking E-Newsletter Launched

Did you know that Global Opportunities has launched a FREE new monthly eNewsletter simply called “TM Briefs”? This short publication will teach, inform, inspire, support, challenge, and equip you for tentmaking, and more broadly, for integrating work and faith in all your life. Subscribing is as easy as it is to unsubscribe. Check it out.


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11) Norway Tentmaking Course Has More Openings Available

Due to the global fiscal situation a team of tentmakers from a closed country had their vacations cancelled and are unable to attend. This means that although the course was already full, they now have a few more openings available. 2 weeks of learning about the essentials of ministry through tentmaking and business as mission in 4.5 intensive days. They have an impressive list of teachers specially selected for their experience to help you get equipped. Check it all out at their website

http://www.tent.no/sider/tekst.asp?side=149 or email Steinar Opheim at

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5) Need a Supplement to Your Support?

Mark, a missionary to Haitians, suggests an easy to maintain home business where the foundation of your income is through you and others shopping online. Visit Mark’s web portal at


to see what it’s like (and to shop to there to help reach Haiti, if you’re not interested in starting your own business). To learn more about having your own business, take a tour at


or contact Mark with questions at

If you do sign up, Mark requests that you note that the ID who referred you is ReachHaiti.

8) Get Tentmaker Training In Warm Florida In February!

Catch the next GO Equipped TENTmaking course in Fort Myers, Florida, February 25 – March 1, 2009. The location is Fort Myers Florida USA, and the purpose is to learn about tentmaking missions & Business as Mission (BAM). This conference is designed for anyone wanting to investigate tentmaking, for anyone wanting to go as a tentmaker, for tentmakers on furlough, for those wanting to promote tentmaking in their churches, for mission agency personnel, for people wanting to use their business skills to impact the unreached areas of the world etc. The next course will take place in May in Bergen Norway, however this course is almost full so register early. For more information, hop on over to
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12) The Backpage: Business As Missions Is A Hot Topic

You’re saying, “Duh.” Yes, I knew that business as missions was a hot topic. But I had no idea just *how* hot until this past weekend when I called in favors from 3 co-workers in Team Expansion to help me lead a workshop on the topic at a major missions mobilization event in Tulsa, OK at the downtown convention center there. I had fully prepared myself for the possibility that, in the end, there might be more teachers than students. To my absolute surprise, well over 300 participants jammed into the standing-only crowd. My panelists did a great job — one having worked for 5 years as a business training consultant in a certain communist land with over 1 billion people, another having worked for 5 years designing services that benefit tourists in a North African land, and the final having worked for 7 years serving in a Southeast Asian land with an agricultural spin-off. We talked about all the obligatory topics: definitions, principles, options for getting started, overcoming hurdles, interfacing with governments, and more — the whole nine yards. But it was when we opened it up for questions for the last 25 minutes that I really saw the hunger. Many of those 300 folks were so eager to pick the brains of my panelists that when I would finally call on them, some would pump their firsts and whisper, “Yes!” then proceed to ask their question. And they were great questions, too, showing that they had traveled well, processed their input, and dreamed of the future.

Maybe this “BAM” thing is so hot because today’s twenty-something’s are eager to grasp the latest fad. But as for me, I think not. I think there are some concrete reasons. First, they’re all so concerned about ministry among the poor. Launching a BAM ministry seems somehow more noble to them than “mere” preaching & teaching Christ. Second, I believe the interest in unreached peoples has finally hit stride. They realize that they’ll *need* BAM to get into most of these least-reached locations. Third, it almost seems that today’s twenty-something’s have come to value more highly the *concrete* and tangible outputs of a BAM ministry. Let’s face it — many would say the days of going door-to-door with a correspondence course (like I did in Uruguay in 1982) has long-since passed. Today’s students want to solve felt-need community problems, like obtaining fresh water supplies, setting up community health outreaches, and launching farms.

Are you discovering similar (or contrasting) principles? What are *you* noticing as you travel and speak. And, if you’ve been involved (or are right now) in these sorts of outreaches, are you seeing it too? What benefits do you see to embracing Business as Missions for your project? What pitfalls are you seeing? Would you write a brief testimony (in as broad a’ terms as possible)

And what resources are you finding for B.A.M. For example, do these help?

http://www.tentmakernet.com/ — where you can download a free PDF copy of “Working Your Way to the Nations”, a 208-page treasure-trove of tentmaking & business as missions principles and practical helps

http://www.globalopps.org/books/index.htm — where you can see a complete book list of helps

http://www.businessasmission.com/pages/books — more of the above

http://www.businessasmissionnetwork.com/2007/07/ — to find a top-25 book list for BAM

http://www.godisatwork.org/ — modeled after the well-known book by the same name

To what other resource lists and options would you direct learners?

Please click “Comment” below to add your resources and notes.

3) Where Do You Want To Attend A Tentmaking Course?

GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT are planning future course locations and need your input. They are receiving requests from many countries to run their intensive 30 session courses but are limited by a small team of committed teachers to running only five courses per year, it would really help them if they knew where students would most likely attend. Take one minute and let them know your preferred location.


This training course is equally applicable to tentmakers and BAM people.

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