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Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Geoff Surratt, ministry, God, vocational ministry, sermons, staffing, structure, sleep, Internet, connections, Israel, Levites, priests, Jewish people
I wonder how long I could be successful in ministry without God? I’ve been in vocational ministry for 31 years, and I seldom encounter a situation I haven’t seen before. I have a stockpile of sermons to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Money
Tags: pastor, salary, congregation, church, wrinkle, supplies, utilities, leadership, LifeWay Christian Services, tax credit, Apostle Paul, money, Timothy, bi-vocational
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches. A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Atkinson, preaching, plan, pastors, message, sermon, worship leader, 9/11, synergy, bi-vocational, volunteer, retreat, series
Everywhere I go, I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ball games, in convenient stores—all over. It’s gotten stuck in my head. So I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, ministry, assignment, door, God, vocational ministry, success, struggle, opportunity, surrender
How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another? I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently, so I decided to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Calling
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, wall, guilt, brainstorming, church, growth, baptism, Moses, honesty, doubts, problems
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the stresses bi-vocational pastors face that are unique. During our brainstorming session, we hit upon one that struck a chord—guilt. You might recognize ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, practice, presence, thankfulness, praise, breathing, pause, encouragement
When do you pray? Brother Lawrence taught us to “practice the presence.” Maybe you are like me, and you realize that standing at a monastery sink all day would give you plenty of time to talk to God. It ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational pastors, Elijah, honesty, sleep, eat right, exercise
After work, we changed clothes in the restroom and then ran through Taco Bell on our way to the church. Life as a bi-vocational pastor is a bit hectic. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 June 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational ministry, challenge, calling, congruity, time management, options, thankfulness, retreat, time off
Pastor John puts away his tools for the day. His shift at the construction site ends in 10 minutes. Already, he has begun switching gears and thinking through the evening ahead. Tonight is the board meeting, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Leadership, Adversity, Lessons, Hollywood, talent agent, pastor, difficult times, Kim Dorr-Tilley, desires, casting director, vocational plans, glory, harvest, humility, authenticity
I’ve been in the business of buying and selling talent (a nice way of saying “actors”) for about 30 years now. When I came to Hollywood in 1984, I was blissfully ignorant of the structures of power and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 / Main
Tags: bivocational ministry,budget cuts,economy,pastors
As the economy continues to stretch budgets, more churches are turning to bivocational pastors—those who hold a second job in addition to ministering—to meet their needs. According to Ray Gilder, ... [ +++ ]

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