Keeping Church Members Happy

Keeping Church Members Happy

Pastor, stop trying to please all the Christians in your church.

Some of you are losing your minds trying to keep church members happy. You love what you do, but at times, it’s more stressful than you suspect it should be. You wonder if you’re truly fulfilling the call of God on your life. Many churches treat the pastor as though he were a hired gun. Do these common expectations sound familiar?

We hired you to preach good sermons.
We hired you to visit the elderly members and the sick.
We hired you to marry and bury our members.
We hired you to administrate the church business.
We hired you to evangelize the lost.
We hired you to train the volunteers.
We hired you to grow our church.

So much of what you’re expected to do is take care of Christians, make them happy, and keep them “fed” and occupied with Christian activities. Perhaps that’s all they want you to do…and they want you to do it all. This may be what they believe they hired you to do, but is it what God actually called you to do? Why don’t we take a quick look at another more reliable source?

God called you to be an example in how you speak and live (1 Timothy 4:12).
God called you to equip the saints to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12).
God called you to train others who will train others who will train others (2 Timothy 2:2).
God called you to preach the truth even when it’s unpopular (2 Timothy 4:2a).
God called you to correct and rebuke when needed, but to always encourage (2 Timothy 4:2b).
God called you to be willing and eager shepherds, living as examples to those you lead (1 Peter 5:2, 3).

You’ll be doing much of the things members might expect, but not because you were hired to do them. You’ll be doing them because they’re part of fulfilling your call as a follower of Jesus. 

Your focus must be on being on God’s mission, not on dispensing religious goods and services to consumer-minded Christians. Jesus said something about leaving the ninety-nine behind to go in search of the one. The satisfaction of the saint must not take priority over the salvation of the sinner. At some point you will come to realize there is only one you must please, and that’s God. If God is pleased with your life and leadership, it really does not matter who is displeased.  

The satisfaction of the saint must not take priority over the salvation of the sinner.

Let Jesus consume your heart. Pursue Jesus and not a model. Reacquaint yourself with the Savior in the Gospels, exposing yourself to his life and ministry. Ask the Spirit to fill you with the wisdom and love of Jesus as you lead, train, and care for your church. Lead them to understand all they need is Jesus, that he is sufficient for all they believe they lack.

Know, speak, teach, and preach the gospel. Filter everything–conversations, circumstances, counsel, comfort, conflict, confrontation–through the grid of the gospel. Let God’s greatness, glory, goodness, and grace as fully expressed in Jesus be the foundation of all you do in life and ministry. No matter what you’re teaching or preaching, always take it back to the gospel. The gospel is embedded in all of scripture!

Pour into two or three others. There will be a couple others in your church who will be drawn to the lifestyle of incarnating the gospel in everyday life, who want to passionately pursue a gospel-centered missional life. Pour into them. Teach, train, eat together, really “do life” together. These will be the seed of a harvest of possible change in your church, transitioning from a traditional/institutional framework to an incarnational/missional paradigm. Pray that God will continue to raise up even more.

Get connected with others to learn and be encouraged. You need support. Find others in your area or online to connect with. You may even start some sort of network yourself. But you need somewhere to share your struggles and what God is showing you. You need a place to learn from others and their experiences. Many resources are available to help you. Verge Network and Saturate are two online resources I always recommend.

Leading and pastoring a church is way more than serving as a chaplain for Christians. It’s leading believers to join in the mission of God to reach those yet to be reached. So, you have to ask yourself one final question: Who will I live to please–God, or church members with short-sighted expectations? Only members who are living gospel-centered lives are truly happy.

Mid-South Missional: Featuring Vintage Church, Horn Lake, Mississippi

Mid-South Missional: Featuring Vintage Church, Horn Lake, Mississippi

This is the second of two interviews with pastors of missional churches in the Memphis, Tennessee area. I was curious how the missional paradigm had influenced their approach and how it was being fleshed out in this unique region. So, here’s the story of Vintage Church and pastor Brice Holbrook.

LCI: Give a brief snippet of your personal story, Brice.

BH: My name is Brice Holbrook, and I was born in Desoto County Mississippi, to a police officer and a teacher, both strong believers. I graduated from S.B.E.C (now northpoint Christian school), the University of Mississippi in ’06, and then from Mid- America Baptist Theological Seminary in ’09. I have been married to Anna Holbrook for eight years. We have three children: Ellie, age five; Bennett, age three; and Emmalynn, age five months. I enjoy the Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies and St. Louis Cardinals. I like working with my hands in the construction field, playing disc golf and softball, and spending time with my family and church.

LCI: What is your church background, and what sort of experiences did you have?

BH: Church planting for me was a shot in the dark. I had been a part of the same church my entire life and even served there for five years as associate and youth pastor. I decided that I would develop a youth ministry like I would do a church plant. Build community by organizing social functions around church family, and promoting having non-Christians to be a part of our fun. The goal was to train young people to share the gospel with their friends as naturally as possible. I treated the youth like a practice church plant and we had great success. I spoke with the youth like I was speaking to adults and they responded well. However, I was only partially prepared to plant a missional church. The gospel had to transform me over many years.

LCI: Fill me in on a little history of Vintage Church.

BH: Vintage church started as a dream of a perpetual dreamer. I am always thinking of fabulous things, but truly rarely having the guts to explore. I believe God knew this when he organized the circumstances of Vintage. I started out with a partner and long time friend, and I was going to be the second man (associate/co-pastor) in the church. We had great dreams of what the missional church would look like, yet no experience. We had learned everything from books and conferences and most importantly the Bible. We had everything set up and had a good core group with a ton of money, and right before we were set to start, my partner left. It thrust me into a position only God would put me in, with a church that barely knew me, and zero experience in the church style I was promoting. To make things worse, most of the core group came about because of my partner. We met with our core group and asked them where they stood and if they planned on staying with Vintage. Almost all of them said they were committed to where the Lord had brought them. So we started meeting in 2013 and have been learning and growing together since that time. We currently stand around sixty-six people with children. We have Sunday morning service at Horn Lake High School and three missional communities. 

LCI: How did you first learn of the missional conversation?

BH: I think it was reading people like Darrin Patrick, Jeff Vanderstelt, 3DM, and listening to some men in the Memphis area. Mostly there was always a desire on my heart to fix what I thought wasn’t working in the traditional church. I started tearing down all of the things that were unnecessary in order to get back to what the Vintage Church might have looked like. 

LCI: How did the missional approach impact your ministry philosophy, ecclesiology, or missiology?

BH: For me, I had to detox from a traditional church model. I experienced moments of rest for the first time in ministry and I felt guilty for not being busy. I had to keep reminding myself that being busy is not always being productive or godly. We cut out a program-driven mentality and where you would normally do missional activity through the corporate body, and we designed our missional communities to be the avenue for missions. We organized most of our events and outreach through neighborhoods and the effort of each individual MC. We moved to a more liturgical style service with meaningful prayers, songs, scripture reading, preaching, and communion each week. We want to do a corporate worship service well, but it is not our main focus. Vintage is also elder governed. We support a foreign missionary financially and domestically we support and work with church plants.

LCI: What have you observed in utilizing a more missional approach among people in your context? Have people quickly adapted, has there been any pushback/conflict? 

BH: There is pushback with everyone, some people don’t realize that it is pushback. It usually comes in the form of people wanting something that looks like what they are accustomed to seeing. I am guessing because it brings comfort. We typically have less pushback with people who are unchurched or who have been out of church for a while. Usually they find the more personal/organic style to be a relief. I am deeply convicted that I am there to train the parents and the parents are to raise their children, so we do not have a lot of programs where we separate the family. We usually lose a lot of people on that one, because people are looking for churches to give them a break from their kids and their busy life.

LCI: What individuals, leaders, books, or resources have been influential for you?

BH: Jeff Vanderstelt, Darren Patrick, people from local church, Mark Dever big time, Putman’s Real Life Discipleship, J.D. Payne’s book, Missional House Churches, The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall

LCI: Any parting pearls of wisdom for people considering planting missionally or introducing Missional Communities in established churches?

BH: I think over the next few years you will see MC’s as a token name for small groups, but trying to start missional communities and not change anything would be silly. Churches can’t start MC’s all at the church building and expect them to be missional. They are not synonymous with Sunday school. It is hard for MC’s to not just be a name if you are program-driven church, because in order to make them missional you will have to add more missions activities. But if you add more activities you will wear your church out. To those starting missional churches, if you attempt do some amalgamation of a traditional and missional church then you will likely frustrate yourself and confuse people. True missional churches have to go all in, and when you do, the people that stay will be all in also. It is a slow growth model.

To learn more about Vintage Church, click here.

Mid-South Missional: Featuring Missio Dei Church, Memphis

Mid-South Missional: Featuring Missio Dei Church, Memphis

This is the first of two interviews with pastors of missional churches in the Memphis, Tennessee area. I was curious how the missional paradigm had influenced their approach and how it was being fleshed out in this unique region. So, here’s the story of Mission Dei and pastor Shaun Payne…

LCI: So Shaun, tell me a little about yourself.

SP: My name is Shaun Payne, I am married to Tracy Payne and together we have three daughters, Bella, Kylee, and Addie. I was born in Keflavik Iceland into a military family. My parents divorced when I was only 3 months old. My mother remarried to a man in the Army and we traveled the United States and were able to live in Okinawa Japan for 3 years. I came back to live with my dad in Memphis in the 7th grade and I have been living in Memphis ever since. My family and I love Memphis. We love to explore and continue learning about the city from the history to the present with great hopes and dreams for the future.

LCI: What about your church background and past experiences with church?

SP: I had no interaction with the church growing up with the exception of the influence of my godly grandmother (Mammaw) Ruby, a small yet powerful indian (Native American). I hated Christians, churches, and pastors until my conversion. I used to sell drugs and drink with “Christians” often who would leave the parties early because they had to go to church. Never about Christ, never any life, always judgment, hypocrisy, and religion.

LCI: Tell me about your current church.

SP: At the time of graduation from seminary, I believed God was calling us to plant a church in Las Vegas, It was on the flight home after visiting Las Vegas that God began convicting me of something else altogether. I was studying and teaching through the book of Jonah at the time, and the Spirit worked through his word to reveal I had become careless toward the people of my city. I hated them, and in some sense, like Jonah, I was waiting on the hill to see what would become of them. Through a few interactions with scripture and as I began and finished the book Prodigal God by Tim Keller, I was convicted of my hatred of the people God had revealed I was to give my life to. 

After a few weeks of praying and fighting with God because I longed to go to Las Vegas, I submitted to give my life to Memphis. I began to see why God loved her, I began to see the older brother as worth inviting to the party, and I began to see the younger brother in the city, and I saw the love of the Father. The Spirit worked in me to reveal his love and further convince me of the truth of the gospel, shaping the overly religious city that was in large part gospeless. Lots of churches, lots of “Christians”, lots of religion, but few disciples living in the power of the Holy Spirit who were sent to make Jesus known and his kingdom visible in everyday life. No gospel. No care for others, no passion and zeal, complacency, mediocrity, and religion had largely ruined the church in the city. We began with a dream of a church that really lived in the everyday with a vibrant faith working in the power of the Spirit and living out the truth of the gospel. 

One day under conviction, I quit my job at the church where I was on staff, and left the office, called my wife and told her we were planting a church (This did not go well haha). After hanging up with her my pastor at the time called and graciously offered to help us. We began with a few people who desired to help us make the dream a reality. In August of 2008 I began talking with White Station Baptist church in East Memphis, after preaching there twice for a friend. I initially submitted to an interview that I deliberately attempted to blow. I asked three questions of them: what is your church government (structure), what is your church theology, and how do you budget your money. I submitted a plan to them to replant the church. 

After six months of meetings and conversations, on December 6, 2009, I was voted in as the fourth and final pastor/replanter of WSBC Memphis. That was Sunday, and we introduced new values of gospel, community, and mission by Wednesday. We replanted into Missio Dei Church September 9, 2012. With a new vision, mission, values, and name, only five people remained from the orginal seventy. The first year and half were by far the hardest. I was asked to resign three times and the entire leadership team stepped down during the first year. 

LCI: How did you first learn of the missional conversation?

SP: I read a book that would blow my mind and enhance my understanding of the church called Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. That first year we asked the entire church to work through this book. It challenged the culture of the people I had been called to serve. I was invited to a micro conference with Jeff Vanferstelt, Dhati Lewis, and Michael Stewart in 2010. I have learned and led in Porterbrook Network here in Memphis. We have read a ton on fleshing out this paradigm among the dechurched and unchurched. We have also learned so much from Jeff V and Dhati L and their team over the years.

LCI: How did the missional approach impact your ministry philosophy, ecclesiology, or missiology?

SP: Missional living is what the church is tasked to do with their everyday life. Community offers the beauty of seeing this as a big picture. We live in the midst of the truth of Jesus by his gospel (life, death, resurrection, ascension and return). Our philosophy of ministry is largely shaped around a gospel-centered community that lives a life together shaping one another with the truth and practice of living as sent people that all might know Jesus. We have people (saved and lost) constantly around us who are learning through the normal everyday experience how the gospel challenges and offers the way of life. It is complicated and messy, but beautiful. Our mission is clearly evidenced in how we do life.

LCI: What have you observed in utilizing a more missional approach among people in your context?

SP: Memphis is both religious and irreligious, so you have to learn when and how to approach each group. Often you’re dealing with both groups at the same time. It is slow, it is hard, but it is worth the work involved. It is learning and teaching, it is faith and practice, it is dark and beautiful, it is learning to be transparent, vulnerable, and open and trusting in Jesus beyond your comfort. Religion and irreligion always push back. People will offer justification and will point to something other than Christ and his gospel. I think replanting is more challenging because of the baggage of religion and ideas that must be confronted but are often difficult to relearn.

LCI: What individuals, leaders, books, or resources have been influential for you?

SP: Soma- Jeff Vanderstelt, 3dM- Mike Breen, BluePrint Church- Dhati Lewis, Tim Keller-all his books, Joe Thorn, Steve Timmis and Tim Chester; http://gcdiscipleship.com/; https://www.vergenetwork.org/; http://wearesoma.com/

LCI: Any parting pearls of wisdom for people considering planting missionally or introducing Missional Communities in established churches?

SP: I think you have to be strong and patient yet move with the Spirit in his wisdom. Some say I moved too fast and others think I did not do the work correctly. I have been with the church through pain and beauty. I have seen the beauty arise from the ashes. I have been there almost eight years. It is worth it to me to see the people God has saved, people changing and engaging their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even their enemies with the gospel out of love, making Jesus known and his kingdom visible through their normal ordinary everyday life for his glory.

Keep learning the gospel, keep studying and do not be distracted from the task. Keep believing and follow Jesus yourself. Pray more than you think you should. Learn and teach what you are learning with every one. Get out of the office and do work in the field. Proclaim the gospel as you go where you are and by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. Be humble and walk in the Spirit (keep in step with him). Give people an example of what you are teaching and show them how to do it. Ask questions and allow the Spirit to teach. He loves us more than we believe and he is a better teacher than we believe.

Learn more about Missio Dei by clicking here.

Called to Ministry: How Do I Know?

Called to Ministry: How Do I Know?

Over the years, it was a term I heard phrased in various ways: So-and-So has surrendered to the call to ministry. I feel called into ministry. Are you sure God is not calling you to the ministry?

The “call to ministry” in my context was generally always connected to pastoral ministry. The call to ministry was pretty much the same as the “call to preach.” If someone announced they felt called to ministry, it went without saying most believed that person would become a pastor, or at a minimum they would preach lots of sermons. And if they were really adventurous, it might mean they would become a missionary and move to another country.

In recent years, I’ve thought more about that term, called to ministry. For me, the call had been expressed primarily in a pastoral role. Then, as I found myself in other circumstances, I wondered how this call still applied to what I was doing at that time. The general thought in my church context was that if you were no longer filling a pastoral role, or now working a “secular job,” you had abandoned the call to ministry.

However, God began to show me that what I was doing was still within the scope of his call on my life. It was just being expressed in a different way. So, I prayed and meditated more on what the Bible had to say regarding my call.

I realized that when Jesus said to individuals in the Gospels, “Follow me,” that was their call to ministry. When Jesus called you to follow him, that was your call to ministry. All followers of Jesus are called to minister. That does not mean that all followers of Jesus are called to vocational ministry in a church position. It simply means that everyone’s call can be expressed in a variety of ways.

I remember a dentist who would always answer when asked about his occupation like this: “I am a minister of Jesus Christ who happens to be a dentist.” He was expressing his call to ministry through his service as a dentist. 

Your call to ministry can be expressed as a high school English teacher, a nurse, a stay-at-home Mom, a soccer coach, a construction contractor, CEO of a corporation, or, as a local church pastor. All of these are ministers of the gospel. They are infiltrating the culture where they are demonstrating and declaring the gospel of Jesus by how they live in their particular occupations. 

Something else I discovered. The expression of your call can change over your lifetime. It used to be assumed that once a pastor, always a pastor, and you would die in that role. A lifetime appointment, kind of like a Supreme Court justice. But the expression of my call has changed from full-time pastor to a teaching elder, hospice bereavement coordinator, adjunct professor, and freelance writer.

In a sense, I guess I’ll always be a pastor, because God gave me a shepherd’s heart. Some people still call me pastor, even people I’ve never actually had as a member in a church. No matter what occupation I hold, I am still shepherding in some capacity. And I must say, I have never been more fulfilled than I am now.

It’s all in following Jesus’ original call on your life, the call to come and follow him. That, my friend, is your call to ministry, and mine. Faithfully follow Jesus, and he will lead you into how that call will be expressed in your life.

Vocation as Mission: The Entrepreneurial Minister

This is the final installment of this 4 Part Series on Vocation and Mission. Today, we look at the Vocational Missional Approach.

We have examined more traditional approaches to church leadership. First, we discussed the bivocational model, or BiVo. Next we highlighted the vocational model (full-time) or VoMin. These are the two primary categories of leading a church, and they can look different depending on a variety of circumstances. They sometimes overlap and intermingle. Some leaders go back and forth between these approaches.

I want to introduce a third option. This approach has actually been around, and it may be called other names in other circles, but it may not have been seriously considered an option to proactively pursue. Some practice it out of necessity at this point, although some are making it their main model. Others have stumbled into amazing ministry by entering a new vocation or starting a business with this approach. So, I’m not claiming to be introducing something new and novel; I just want to share it as a possible approach that God may lead people to pursue.

For purposes of this discussion, I call it the Vocational Missional approach, or VoMiss. In this model, the person seeks to either enter the workforce, or a particular occupation, or start a business with the goal of being actively on mission with God in that arena. Their goal is to seed the gospel in the normal course of business. Some wind up seeing churches planted out of what they’re doing. They may find themselves leading a kingdom movement where lives are transformed just by going to work. What!?

Imagine what would it be like if you could turn your skills, your hobby, or passion into a way to make a living and at the same time see lives transformed by the gospel. Yes, it can be done! Maybe your call to ministry is not best expressed in leading an established church, or teaching a group of people on a weekly basis. But you know how to do something that others can benefit from. You have a skill that people are looking for.

Rather than trying to draw the picture with words, click on the following links to get just a sample of those who have taken the VoMiss approach and seen lives changed by the good news of Jesus. It’s not an easy or clear path most of the time, but it is packed with incredible kingdom potential. This approach, I feel, will become more of a standard as our culture grows in its intolerance of traditional Christian ministry.

Joe’s Addiction
A coffeehouse in Oklahoma City reaching people in the margins

Sunshine Nuts
A cashew business in Mozambique caring for orphans

Josh’s Story
How Josh Boyton helps people develop their business as a reflection of their identity in Jesus and as a means of sharing the gospel

Vocational Ministry: The Full-Time Model

Vocational Ministry: The Full-Time Model

This is Part 3 of a 4 Part Series on Vocation and Mission. This post unpacks the Vocational Ministry Model.

The previous post delved into the bivocational ministry model, or BiVo. Now we’ll explore a very traditional approach to church ministry leadership: the full-time minister, or what I will call the VoMin. 

 Seminary can plant grand visions in the heads of young ministerial students. Visions of a big church, complete with staff and cool office suite, and leading the county in baptisms dance in their heads as they daydream during church growth lectures. They anticipate graduating into a similar scenario.

But once they’ve accepted a position they quickly learn it’s not all golden. Unrealistic expectations and power plays from congregants and staff conflict have them praying for some “blessed subtractions.” Demands on time for study, counseling, meetings, and administration eat away and begin to take their toll. The minister’s family begins to notice the strain. He’s thinking, “they never taught anything about this in seminary!”

Okay, as bleak as that little picture may appear, it does not have to be like that for the VoMin. 

Being full-time affords both great privilege and responsibility. Serving a church in a full-time role has a way of growing, stretching, and seasoning you like no other experience. Your gifting will rise to the surface, and your weaknesses will become glaringly apparent. The temptation is to try to be all things to all people, but that will not be healthy or wise for you and it won’t be fair to those you lead.

As a VoMin, you may be able to take time to craft your leadership team. Surround yourself with individuals who can do certain things way better than you. Recognize and own your weaknesses, and ask for help. Learn to give away ministry to others. According to Ephesians 4:11-13, you are a gift to your church, and your job is to equip your church members for ministry, not to do all the ministry for them. In the full-time role, you can truly devote yourself to that holy task.

The full-time minister can have greater flexibility in his schedule. You will more easily be able to take advantage of further training and attend conferences. You could develop leadership or specialized ministry training for your congregants and others. Opportunities for discipleship can be created. You can take advantage of being out in your community and participating in city events. Utilize your day for maximum kingdom impact, not hidden away behind your desk all day.

Being a VoMin, or full-time, is not an ideal to aspire toward. It is a specific calling for those whose gifts, talents, skills, and passions lean toward leading, equipping, and administrating a church family. There are some guys who are not really cut out for full-time church leadership. You’ll know it soon enough if you’re not. Something will begin to suffer. But if you believe this is the approach God has laid out for you, then go after it with glorious gusto.

Bivocational Ministry

Bivocational Ministry

This is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series on Vocation and Ministry. This post explores the Bivocational Model.

Many pastors are serving their churches in a bivocational capacity, or BiVo. They are earning a living from both serving their church and from another job. For some of them, it’s a deliberate choice. They believe this is how God wants them to operate.

But for others, it’s a necessity they tolerate. Their current church cannot afford to pay a full-time salary, so they have to supplement their income with a second job. These leaders, for the most part, would rather be serving their church in a full-time capacity. They may feel that God will eventually open that opportunity for them, so they plug on, doing what has to be done to make ends meet.

Truth be told, some BiVo leaders resent their status. They see themselves as sitting at the children’s table at denominational meetings, that is, if they can get off work to attend these gatherings. And, sadly, some full-time leaders view the BiVo guys as “not real pastors.” So, yeah, there is some marginalization in the BiVo domain.

But it does not have to be that way. BiVo leaders are incredibly important to the work of the kingdom and to living out the gospel. If you are a BiVo, you are not some second class pastor/leader. You have opportunities for gospel impact that your full-time colleagues may never be able to tap into. In your other job, depending on what it entails, you likely are rubbing shoulders with everyday regular people. Most of your full-time buddies are cloistered away in their studies while you’re making hay while the sun shines.

Consider these advantages to the BiVo model of ministry leadership:

  1. Your pool of relationships is more extensive. You most likely have co-workers or customers that you are building relationships with. You may be meeting new people on a regular basis. Some of these relationships naturally lead to others, because of the business you’re in or due to the quality of service you provide. The breadth of your influence only grows.
  2. Daily opportunities to declare and demonstrate the gospel. Think about it. Every day situations arise in the workplace that test your patience, or that may earn you some recognition. As people observe you in real life situations, they get to see how you respond in ways that turn the attention to Jesus. Your behavior and attitude will prompt some questions from others about how you respond or why you do what you do. Point them to Jesus as the reason.
  3. You can be more authentic with your church, because you can identify with their daily life more. There’s just something about a pastor who has a job just like everybody else. They know that you “feel their pain” when they talk about struggles to balance work with other parts of life. You can speak authoritatively in your preaching and teaching because you are experiencing what they do in the work week. Not to mention, you’ll have some great stories you can use as sermon and teaching illustrations. You are able to share with great credibility how to live as a committed follower of Jesus in the workplace.

See? Being BiVo can be a really cool thing. Sure, it has its challenges, too, and I don’t want to just gloss over that fact. Your time is usually at a premium, juggling work with sermon prep, training/equipping people, and the myriad of meetings that go with church life. Time with your family is critical, too. You have prioritize your free time. There are sacrifices as well, like not getting to attend those awesome conferences and workshops because of work. I’d highly suggest finding other BiVo leaders in your region and connect with them for networking, sharing resources, and mutual encouragement. Start or become a part of a local BiVo network.

So, if you find yourself in the BiVo boat, don’t seek to bail. Maybe a full-time gig is down the road, but don’t rush ahead of where God has you now. Or, you may be very much at home in this model of leadership, and have zero desire to do it any other way. Well, good for you. Keep at it! But there is no reason to ever look down on yourself or others who are serving our King Jesus in a bivocational role. God bless the BiVo minister!

Recommended Resource: BiVo, by Hugh Halter