Deputation

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Is missionary deputation a good thing or just all bad. Many are trying to figure out what to do. It takes a missionary from 2 to 4 years average to raise their support. They must travel thousands of miles and make hours of phone calls. I usually say that they need to make thousands of...
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I have pastored here in the states now for a total of 17 years. 9 of those years in my current ministry. I also served as a missionary for 20 years. I traveled preaching and presenting my ministry in many churches. I still travel preaching mission’s conferences, etc. I wanted to put together some things...
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Intro Aahhh… Deputation. It is one of those words that gets many reactions from those who have gone through it. Within the small circle of people who actually do deputation, there are varying opinions on it’s effectiveness. Those who do it well say it works great. Those who don’t do so well say that it...
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Most students do not consider how truly difficult it is to train to do a business well in a foreign country. If you are really going to be a tent maker then you might consider all the time you are going to have to put into really being a business man. Most preachers are poor...
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Here is another conversation: Well Brendon, I for sure am not an expert, but looking a the NT model Paul did some tent making, but it seems to have been when the churches were not taking care of him as they should have. Seems to me it was his back up plan. Also he was...
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This series of articles has stirred up more and more controversy. People love to talk about it. Deputation is broken. The churches will not support missionaries any more. Both of which are not true, obviously! These things have led to good young men and women looking for any way out of doing deputation, traveling to...
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A friend, Mark, from Portugal wrote me the following: “I enjoyed the post about Tent Making Missionaries. I have only been here two months and have encountered this discussion. It sounds good, and I guess any full-time missionary would appreciate a mature, involved Christian to move to his field and be a help, but you...
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Tent-making seems to be the thing now. People are afraid of deputation. I remember that same feeling when I was praying about missions in 1985. I looked for every way possible to get out of deputation. I thought it would be horrible to have to go and beg for funds. I thought the system was...
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Some where the idea crept in that serving God and being in full time ministry might not work out. Therefore I need a back up plan if the things of God don’t work out. So many want to be tent makers to insure their future. “This is their way of surrendering without really surrendering.” John...
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Tent-making missionaries sounds like a good idea. The term refers to professional people, Christians in all sorts of careers who will travel to other countries and “infiltrate every structure of society!” According to Kritzinger and Saayman in On being witnesses the tent-makers are • Secular salaried people, who find positions abroad, usually with the help...
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