Church 

Interview on bi-vocational leadership

Recently I was interviewed by Andy Peck for The Leadership File on Premier Radio in the UK. We discuss the pros & cons for both the leader and the church of working bi-vocationally. I ended with the plea that church leaders should not see being paid full-time as a sort of holy grail and for churches to try to solve the mission problem not the budget problem when paying leaders. If you’re interested in listening you can find the audio here – the interview starts 6 minutes in. I have a series…

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A church history of bivocational ministry

A change is happening throughout the Western church in the nature and form of church leadership. There is a significant shift towards what is known as bivocational ministry. David Gustafson (@dgustafs1) associate professor of evangelism and missional ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has written a helpful introduction to the long history of bivocational leadership. Here’s the introduction: Bivocational ministry is trending today. Driven by missional theology, incarnational ministry, theology of work and realities of post-Christendom, conferences and cohorts are being organized to equip pastors for bivocational ministry. “Bivo” pastors and missionaries…

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Articles 

The future of church planting: bi-vocational ministry

Christianity Today has posted an article by Daniel Im on trends in church planting and it deals with bi-vocational ministry. He says being bi-vocational ministry is being embraced for three main reasons: As a deliberate strategy: “In the future of church planting we will see church planters embracing bi-vocational ministry as a missiological strategy, rather than just as an alternative way to fund themselves.” As a first option not a last resort: “For many church planters in the future, choosing bi-vocational ministry will not be a matter of being out of…

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Lessons in church planting

I’ve been involved in the planting of two churches now and I’ve learnt a few things along the way, but I’m still learning. Here are some lessons from other church planters and then some thoughts on common themes. Tom O’Toole writes on 4 things to cut from your church budget and 3 to include Steve Vaughan shares 11 lessons from church planting in Dublin Dan White on 5 good choices he made in his first year of church planting Matt Simmonds discovers that church planting is all about hospitality So,…

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The Coming New Normal

Carl Trueman recently took up the theme of the bi-vocational church leader in a post called The Coming New Normal and as usual makes some excellent points. He believes that, Bi-vocational pastoring will become more common, if not standard, in the next decade Now it’s not the first time that Prof Trueman has jumped (unwittingly) on my bandwagon but he has.  So if you’re someone who thinks ‘by golly he’s right’ about the new standard for church leaders then look no further, here are some posts which might help: The Bi-vocational leader Five…

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The two ends of the bi-vocational spectrum

Last week I was given a vivid insight into the wide spectrum of possibilities when it comes to being bi-vocational. I was at a pastors conference and happened to be sharing a room with Jonathan LeTocq (the smiling man on the right in the picture). Jonathan is lead pastor of Church on the Rock, Guernsey. He also happens to be the island’s chief minister (or prime minister). I stack shelves at a supermarket. Jonathan is responsible for the islands politics and roughly £400 million budget, I’m responsible for taking out…

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5 things to do before you give up being bi-vocational

This is the third post in a mini-series about bi-vocational leaders in churches (The bi-vocational leader & 5 reasons why I’m happy to be bi-vcoational). There are many leaders in many churches who work two jobs and for many there comes a time when they wonder whether life wouldn’t really be better with just one job and go full-time for the church. There have been several times in my life where it’s not just felt like two full time jobs but has actually been two full-time jobs and I can…

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