For twenty years I served as the bivocational pastor of a small, rural church in Indiana, and for the past thirteen years I have served as a Resource Minister with the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky. Although I serve churches of all sizes, the majority of the churches in my Area are smaller churches, many of them bivocational. I have published eight books on bivocational and small church ministry. Obviously, I have a passion for such ministry.
The purpose of this seminar is two-fold: I want to encourage the individuals who have accepted the call to bivocational ministry and the churches they serve, and I want to give them information that will help them in their ministry. Sometimes, churches with bivocational leadership struggle with self-esteem issues, especially if they have called a bivocational minister after having a fully-funded pastor. Many bivocational ministers struggle with doubts about their ministry and often feel isolated and forgotten. My seminar addresses these problems.
In the seminar we look at
- how common bivocational ministry is today and address how we should measure success in ministry.
- some of the advantages of bivocational ministry to the church and to the minister's family.
- some of the unique challenges of bivocational ministry and the ministry challenges we all face in ministry today.
- how to prepare for bivocational ministry and the importance of being a life-long learner.
- how to maintain balance in five areas of our lives while serving as a bivocational minister.
Some of the material from this seminar comes out of my book The Bivocational Pastor: Two Jobs, One Ministry. If this sounds like something you would like to offer to the bivocational ministers in your denomination or judicatory, please contact me. Together, let's equip our bivocational ministers so they can best fulfill the call God has given them.