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What is AZTEM?

Aztem is a network of Australians who have a desire to reach people for the gospel. It combines the experience of those who have been overseas in the past, the hope and commitment of those who are seeking the Lord’s direction for their life, and the passion of those who work at the home-front to support those in the field. On the field, Aztem members have generally had paid employment and been self-supporting. Their work includes doctor, nurse, teacher, engineer, IT support staff, software developer, saw-mill manager, manufacturing business entrepreneur, university administrator, ESL teacher, nurse educator, vet, agricultural project leader, aid and community development worker, and research scientist. In some cases they have had additional support from their home church or have started a business with investment capital. Aztem members have served across the globe, from Japan and China, through Bangladesh, India, various African and Middle-East countries, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak, and also cross-culturally in Australian’s NT and WA. The home church has an essential role in preparation, prayer, pastoral and practical support for those serving on the field. Accountability is a key ingredient of Aztem’s approach – encompassing the home church here, and believers, church or agencies on location. Aztem is part of a global tentmaking movement which carries on the tradition and practices of the earliest missionaries, and complements the work of many other missionary societies today. We do not fund and send workders. We do however help train and equip, and provide prayer and pastoral care for people to be effective witness and disciple-makers – similar to conventional mission organisations. Tentmaking should not be seen as only short-term. Much value comes from long-term involvement in tentmaking as it does in traditional mission. Many Aztem members serve for 6 to 10 years or...

Goal’s & Purpose

Aztem’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate Australian Christians, with marketable skills, to live and witness for Christ in cross-cultural situations. Our goals are to: – Challenge and equip Christians to work overseas with the vision and commitment to witness and disciple cross-culturally; – Equip members on the field to be sensitive to the receptor’s beliefs and customs and demonstrate Christian values in their life; – Encourage commissioning and prayer by their home church; – Facilitate accountability to their home church, fellowship/church and likeminded fellow-workers on the field and Aztem; – Help build specific prayer support for each member on the field; – Support members on the field with pastoral and practical care; – Assist members with their preparation for the context of the country and situation to which they go; – Co-operate, where appropriate, with other local and overseas organisations involved in similar work; – Assist those members requiring additional financial support, in estabilishing and, if desired, administering a support plan. Our core values are: – That the good news about Jesus Christ has the power to save and to shape our lives; – That God calls people with skills, that are employable overseas, to be involved in sharing the good news about Jesus cross-culturally; and – Our commitment to making disciples through personal contact in daily life and work. BELIEFS, PARTNERSHIPS AND STANDARDS Aztem takes the Lausanne Covenant of 1974 as its doctrinal basis, a benchmark for evangelical mission. It is a member of Missions Interlink, a commission of the Evangelical Alliance of Australia and observes the financial and ministry standards of that association. Aztem is an active member of Tentmakers International which is part of the World Evangelical Alliance. Aztem was founded in 1987....

Membership

As a Member or Tentmaker Serve God in Australia or overseas in another culture in a professional capacity, seeking at the same time to witness for Christ and share your faith. As an Associate Be open to the possibility of serving Christ as a tentmaker at some time in the future and prepare towards this end. As a Prayer Partner Support the overall work of AZTEM, an individual or a group of tentmakers through prayer. As a Professional Supporter Help a tentmaker maintain professional skills and standards through visits, letters, sending journals, and finding and sending the necessary tools etc. As a Partner Support AZTEM financially to help cover administration costs and also to augment the salaries of tentmakers on assignment when this is...