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The Advantages of Bi-Vocational Ministry

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.

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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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