Patrick Lai, in his book, “Tentmaking,” helpfully describes five types of tentmakers. Using a scale from T1 – T5, Mr. Lai clearly lays out the different kinds of tentmakers
Mr. Lai’s research indicates that T3 and T4 tentmakers are most effective in their outreach.
This is not a judgment of T1, T2, and T5 tentmakers’ faith or belief.
However, the reality is that T1 and T2 tentmakers must devote much of their time to the jobs that brought them to that particular country.
Alternatively, T5 tentmakers are easily identified as missionaries because they do not have an effective secular identity. In a closed country, T5 tentmakers have a hard time defending their visa being revoked.
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