Tentmaker Group

Movements, Ministry & Church Planter Funding

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Introduction to Simplefy Call June 20th 2008

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

We are excited that you are interested in the Tentmaker Group. Our desire is to demonstrate Kingdom-mindedness by investing back into cities & helping people transition into ministry. We really want the theology driving this to motivate us, not the money. Our desire is to see cities changed by the gospel.

On Friday the 20th of June at 10am PST we will hold another introductory conference call/training if you’d like to learn more or hear some of the overview of the role again. Please RSVP if you plan on attending, you will be sent a conference call number and a login to view the training materials online during the presentation.

If you have not contacted us,  please fill out our contact form.

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3rd, 4th Introduction & Training Classes

October 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We are excited to see the Tentmaker Group grow. We have over 20 people now trained and an additional 30+ who want to be trained. If you know anyone who is interested, we have two trainings scheduled next week. These require a phone & internet connection. (Let me know if you can’t get to a computer and I can send you the docs for print out.)

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Church, Ministry & Company Credit Card Processing

September 17th, 2007 · No Comments

simplefy.jpg The Tentmaker Group has teamed up with Simplêfy, Inc to offer churches, ministries & companies the best credit card processing rates available.

Simplêfy is a consulting arm for First Data. In our unique partnership we are able to leverage and negotiate the best pricing for our prospective clients. Typically, the merchant processing and the management of the processing portfolio of any company are handled by an Independent Service Organization or “ISO”. This “third party” vendor, be it Chase Merchant Services, Wells Fargo etc purchases the processing from First Data and resells it to the merchant.

Simplêfy can provide the most cost effective pricing for prospective clients because they literally usher the merchant directly to the source, thus the merchant receives their processing and contract from a FDMS (First Data Merchant Services) alliance bank. Simplêfy/FDMS conducts an audit of the prospect’s current fee schedule and exposes compliance issues that cost the merchant even more money, i.e… Downgrades, EIRFs and any other compliance issue. Most ISO(s) encrypt day to day processing to make such compliance issues invisible to the untrained eye. We are committed to illuminating such fees and eliminating the “fat and gristle” in your merchant portfolio.

Not only are churches/ministries able to go with the global leader of credit card processing, but Simplefy will invest monthly on new accounts into Tentmakers. In turn, Tentmakers will use the money for church planting and city transformation.

Churches & Ministries: Receive a free credit card processing audit for your church or ministry.

Companies: Receive a free credit card processing audit for your company. Learn why companies like Walmart & Disneyland go direct to First Data to save the most money and be supported directly by their processor.

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Tentmaker Intro Session

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Would you like to learn more about Tentmakers?  This Friday September 7th at 11:30AM PST we will hold a brief conference call to introduce the opportunity and discuss how it may work for you.  To join us, the conference call number is 888-500-7771, Passcode 644455.

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Tentmaker Graduates First Class

September 7th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Church Planters, missionaries, ministry leaders and kingdom-minded business people flew in from across the country (and drove in from the SoCal area) to attend our three day Tentmaker Group training. The training went great and we all left encouraged as we begin to create a new funding mechanism to plant churches, send missionaries and invest in city change. Tentmakers is launching in cities like Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit, Tacoma, Portland, San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Bloomington, Las Vegas and we are in discussions with several other cities. We plan on scheduling an information session for those interested in learning more & an internet training session in September for those who were not able to attend.

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Seminaries, Vocation, Depressed Cities & Tentmakers

August 3rd, 2007 · 3 Comments

Since the launch people have expressed an interest in Tentmaker Group who are not church planters. Anyone can apply to join Tentmakers. Let me give you a couple scenarios and how they would work out:

Seminaries: For some, finding a job and earning a living while in seminary is difficult. We’ve spoken with a seminary about setting-up a Tentmaker Group on campus to help students provide for their family and pay their way through college. The bonus is, upon graduating, they will have residual income to help them as they to go into a ministry role. (Consultative Sales role)

Vocation: People who are looking for a job can apply as well. If you are interested in an opportunity, contact us. The Tentmaker Group will earn a small percentage based on their work and re-invest it into ministry, development and support of the organizational goals.

Depressed Cities: A couple people have contacted us that live in cities where good jobs are scarce. Downsizing, manufacturing outsourcing, etc. has caused high-levels of unemployment. A city can partner and setup a Tentmaker Group to provide jobs to people in their church and city. The local Tentmaker Group will earn revenue and be able to re-invest this into ministries and the city. We believe this can be a great picture of the gospel at work.

Feel free to contact us with questions.

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The Tentmaker Group launches first training class

July 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Tentmaker Group is launching it’s first training. On August 13th & 14th 2007 a group from the Tentmakers will travel to Las Vegas to observe and meet with one of the companies that is participating in Tentmakers. This company’s role fits well with the need for church planters and ministry leaders to fund a transition into ministry. Training for this role will take place August 27th through 29th 2007 in San Diego, CA. We expect a class size of 5-10 for this first round of training. This position is a consultative sales role, but allows for flexible work-schedules and the ability to work from home. If you are interested contact Tentmakers to learn more.

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Bi-Vocational Pastors’ Number Growing

July 30th, 2007 · No Comments

A good article on the growth of bi-vocational pastors.  Another reason the Tentmaker Group exists.   Read artice: Part-Time Pastors Fill Churches’ Needs

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Faith & Work Explored

July 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

People spend roughly sixty percent of their life in work or work-related tasks. Yet, according to a poll conducted by Career Impact Ministries, ninety percent of Christians had not heard a sermon, read a book, listened to a tape or been to a seminar that applied biblical principles to everyday work issues. Sadly, if you view sixty percent of your life as ‘not counting’ or not valuable to God (other than ‘witnessing’ or ‘supporting ministries’) we’re talking series life/faith implications to a large part of your congregation. People will either seek to reject Christianity because they will find their meaning from work or feel guilty they aren’t in ministry.other-six-days.jpgSadly, most of us don’t recognize God created us in His image as co-workers. This means, God is a worker and we were created to do work (not labor post-Fall but the beautiful creativity of reflecting God’s glory in His intended creation.) We are “co-workers in his creating, sustaining, redeeming and consummating work in both the church and the world.” (The Other Six Days R. Paul Stevens) Stevens goes on to say, we must be one people loving and serving in both the church and the world.

Increasingly, churches need to understand the significance of people’s work, in both the amount of time their congregation spends there, but in the redemptive process of God’s great concern for humanity. When we work with a Christian distinctive we see the world ‘fabric’ as unraveling because of sin. Our work of cultivation is to seek the knitting together of the ‘fabric’ to bring about shalom. Our call to the workplace is to serve the ordinary needs of others. We are here to meet our needs and the needs of others, knowing this redeeming process will not be completed until Jesus comes. Your congregation needs to see that working in technical support or as a receptionist has value in itself. We are fighting against the loss of shalom, miscommunication and chaos caused by the fall to provide and serve the needs of others. People’s work is God’s work. Only when your people have this type of theology, will they be set free to view their work in a Biblical perspective and see a holistic Gospel Redemptive plan that uses salvation but ends with the restoring of all things to God.

Some suggested resources:

Your Work Matters to God

The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective

Anointed for Business

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Two New Roles Added

July 29th, 2007 · No Comments

The Tentmaker Group site launches with two opportunities for people to consider.

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