When we talk about the bivocational, no two stories are alike.
For one thing, we’ve all been unique designed by a masterful Creator, not to mention blessed with a special set of characters, challenges, and opportunities that paint the framework of our calling.
Perhaps some of you have wondered what your framework looks like or how your story relates to others out there.
If this fits you, well…let’s just say this validates a BIG reason why we’ve created this resource.
So for the next five Sundays, Lyssah & I are going to talk about five bivocational profiles most relevant to our time and place.
What is a bivocational profile? Basically…it’s a category to classify a group of similar stories. True, each story is divinely set apart. But at the same time…many gravitate towards certain “molds”.
So as we discuss these molds the next couple weeks, feel free to share your input and/or story in the comments below.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you as we learn and grow together.
Bivocational Profile #1: The Part Time Pastor
Meet Pastor Joe. Pastor Joe is the pastor at Your Community Church. He preaches, teaches, visits hospitals, marries, buries, and even mows the lawn. Pastor Joe also works 30 something hours a week as a middle school teacher. He has a wife and two kids. In any given week, Pastor Joe is lesson planning and counseling a depressed congregant. He can most likely be found reading Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the book of James while cheering his daughter on at soccer.
And people have the nerve to call him a “part-timer”.
- Work-life balance is non-existent
- Tendency to burn the candle at both ends just to keep all his plates spinning
- Difficulty giving family the attention it needs
- Occasionally distracted by the responsibility he is not currently working on
- Living up to “full time” expectations in multiples areas of life
- Readily understands the pressures faced by his congregation as a worker in the “real world”
- Is constantly exposed to new technics and tools in his job that can be used in his ministry
- Access to non-churched families with opportunities to show Christ’s love…without being perceived as a “pastor with an agenda”
Our hats are off to you Pastor Joe. ‘Cause truth is: you are the furthest thing from “part-time”.
The challenges are real…and so are the opportunities. Do you fit into this profile? What are some other challenges or opportunities you have encountered? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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