Thom Rainer writes that bi-vocational ministry is usually chosen out of financial necessity, but it can advantages besides saving a church money. Since pastors will have less time for the church, the members will have to step up to get involved in more ministry and other bi-vocational staff could be added. Pastors will have added job security with a side job, and their jobs could provide valuable connections outside the church and keep them connected with the typical needs of the average person.
Why this story matters for church leaders
Financial stability will be a big challenge for churches, especially those with declining attendance.
- Lemons and Lemonade: If you have limited resources, bi-vocational ministry provides an opportunity to rethink your goals and priorities.
- Expectations: Pastors who minister part time need new job descriptions and members need to expect less from them.
- Growing Outreach: Outreach and community connections can provide an important
benefit to bi-vocational pastors.
Are there ways that bi-vocational ministry could help your church?
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