Back To Tentmaking

“Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was. Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike.”

I can relate to this story.

For 10 years I worked in Grand Rapids doing sales work in our family-owned business. I left our business and West Michigan when God called me into full-time ministry. Now I’m back home in West Michigan, thrilled to be pastoring Calvary Assembly of God. And for this season in my life, I also need to be a “tentmaker.”

My “Aquila and Priscilla” are two brothers named Chuck and Steve Russell. They own Eradico Services, and have graciously offered me a job back in my old “tentmaking” field of sales in the Grand Rapids area. I am so grateful to these men for this opportunity.

Just as Paul made tents during the week and was at church each Sabbath, I will be doing the same thing. It was not a coincidence that Paul had an occupational skill that he could use, nor that God provided a job for him in Corinth. This kept Paul in Corinth doing what he was called to do: telling others about Jesus. So too for me. None of this is coincidence or luck, but God has opened these doors, and I am praising Him for it as I begin making tents again today!

2 Responses to “Back To Tentmaking”

  1. kim Says:

    Good for you! Way to relate to real people in the Bible. I think it’s very valuable for people in full-time ministry to have the skills to do other things, should the need arise. Bible College rarely prepares pastors for this, and I think it’s a shame, actually. Plus, it allows for full-time pastors to taste a bit of what it’s like to “do ministry” all week at a “secular” job…and then also participate in church ministry on the weekends. (not that that part is new to you) So glad that your life has lead you in this direction, Pastor Craig. You’ll be an even better pastor and leader because of it. 🙂


    • Craig T. Owens Says:


      I totally agree. Working in a job outside of the church has helped me see things in a light I wouldn’t have if I only worked in the church. And if you look at many of the leaders in the Bible, most of them had an occupational job before and/or during their church work… shepherd, carpenter, fisherman, government official, military, and the like.

      Thanks for your kind words,


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