Jeff wears multiple hats. He pastors a church and works full-time in the medical field. After a long night shift, Jeff and I ate at a local coffee shop. Although I knew he must have been exhausted, the topic of local church ministry brought about an energy and passion in his voice.
In the midst of talking about current trends in ministry and the needs of churches, Jeff made an interesting comment that caught my attention. He said that he preferred bi-vocational ministry because of all of its advantages.
He went on to explain that even though many full-time pastors have given him the “…is second-rate vibe,” he sees things differently.
The advantages to bi-vocational pastoring that he shared with me excited my heart and caused me to wonder if God might be preparing to raise up a new generation of pastors from men who already have careers in progress.
For years, older pastors have worried that there may be a shortage of new pastors to carry on the ministry. However, taking bi-vocational pastoring into consideration immediately multiplies the pool of candidates. And, once you read about these advantages, I think you’ll see them as “first class”…Continue Reading