One thing that comes across your path often enough when you are involved on the strategic arm of missions is lots of charts, maps and tables of people groups. My husband makes great ones. And although he would rather be out talking to real people, the data he collects and collates is pretty impressive.
At Traverse we want to be tentmakers like the Apostle Paul. But not in the way you are thinking. The fact that Paul worked as a tentmaker is usually used as a metaphor for missionaries running a business to provide for or supplement their financial needs and build a platform in a new context. That is what “tentmaking” usually means in Christian circles. That’s not what I’m talking about today. Let’s deconstruct this idiom!
There’s an idea that makes the rounds in missions circles every so often. It comes up when churches get excited about doing mission in their own communities and it comes up when we look at some of the imperialistic mistakes that have been made in missions in different parts of the world. It’s a concept that’s been around a while. I’m sure you’ve heard it.
Did Jesus do 4G ministry?
Ok, I admit it’s kind of an odd question. It’s a bit of circular reasoning. 4G mission theory is, to begin with, based on Jesus’ instructions for his church re-interpreted for our modern context. So, what happens if I take our 4G definitions are reapply them back onto New Testament context? This should be fun.