Bivocational Profile: The Very Involved Volunteer

coaching-cartoon-peerprograms-ubc-caMeet Jack. Jack is a volunteer at Your Community Church…and is involved. Very involved. So involved, he’s often misunderstood to be a full-time staff member. Not like Jack seeks to milk the myth; he’s just really passionate about serving people. Jack is a newly wed and works 30-40 hours a week as an Apple specialist at Best Buy. He has no kids, but dreams of having them, which is partly why he commits 25-30 hours a week as a volunteer in the youth and tech ministry programs. In the rare case, he’s caught up on both work and church, Jack can be found hanging out with senior high youth at the rec center or movie theater.

Challenges:

  • Time management is weak.
  • Tendency to over-exert is high.
  • Little time for family and peers due to heavy workload in church and out.
  • Unbalanced priorities with respect to community overall.

Opportunities:

  • Is able to use IT skills in both spheres.
  • Uses church community as a bridge to bless colleagues at work.
  • Is constant in loving people, allowing non-churched and churched peers to trust his counsel and encouragement.

The challenge is real…and so are the opportunities. Do you fit into this profile? What are some other challenges or opportunities you have encountered? Share in the comments below.

Photo credits: volunteerswmi.org & volunteerweekly.org

You May Be Bivocational If…

And now…to brighten your weekend…here are a couple clichés you may be able to relate to.

You may be bivocational if…

  • You drive to work only to realize you’ve been going the wrong way for miles on route to church.
  • You accidentally say “outreach” in place of the words: “outbreak”, “outback” or “outsource”.
  • Your day-timer is loaded with the words, “coffee”, “train” & “lunch”.
  • You’re a role model tithe-giver.
  • You have more degrees than an acute angle.
  • Your résumé and/or LinkedIn profiles list ProPresenter and Keynote under “skills”.
  • You accidentally ‘amen’ during a staff meeting.
  • Your boss defaults to you to pray before special luncheons.
  • You literally consider a career in tent-making.
  • You reach out to John Maxwell to speak at your church and work.
  • You have just as many “groups” listed under contacts as individual contacts in your phone directory.
  • You have a Bible study with work colleagues but attend marketplace ministry seminars hosted by your church.
  • Your mail is saturated with sermon series packages and international outreach invitations.
  • Half your Instagram and/or Twitter followers are organizations, not actual people.

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See some not listed?

Check out our bonus reel above…then add to the list by commenting below.

‘Til then, we’ll see you next time on “You May Be Bivocational If…”

Good night.

Music credits: “Boogie Power” by Mark Scholl, Robert J Walsh; “Whistle to Work” by Jimmy Kaleth, Ross Andrew Mclean