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4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam
4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam

By: Ircel Harrison
Denominations have spent significant energy in differentiating between clergy and laity. However, as resources and membership decline, an emerging model of ministry will challenge our ideas about ministerial vocation.

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Church Staffing Will Require Creative Solutions
Church Staffing Will Require Creative Solutions

By: Ircel Harrison
Many churches no longer have the resources to staff full-time ministerial positions so many congregations are finding creative ways to address the church staffing issue. How can seminaries help?

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Bivocational Ministry - More Than Making Ends Meet
Bivocational Ministry - More Than Making Ends Meet

By: Scott Hagley
A main argument for bivocational ministry is it's a strategic element for congregational survival, but that reason misses the opportunity that bivocational ministry places within the congregation.

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Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest
Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest

By: Craig Janney
While bivocational ministry can benefit churches and ministers in unique ways, most churches and pastors prefer full-time staff positions when it comes to seeking out new leadership.

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My Journey to Answer the Call to Bivocational Ministry
My Journey to Answer the Call to Bivocational Ministry

By: Jason Knight
Bivocational ministry was not my goal, nor was it even on my radar when I began my ministry journey. I am now in my seventh month and absolutely love the ministry part of my bivocational life.

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Bivocational Leaders Are Vital in China's Sichuan Province
Bivocational Leaders Are Vital in China's Sichuan Province

By: Bill and Michelle Cayard
Only 400 trained pastors serve a province of 100 million people in China, which equals one pastor for every 250,000 people. That's why the role of bivocational ministers is so important.

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5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry
5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Bivocational ministry is a calling from God just the same as the call to fully funded ministry. For churches making the transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational one, here are 5 challenges to keep in mind.

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The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry
The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry

By: Angela Jackson
In a household with two bivocational ministers, working bivocationally has granted us tremendous creative, intellectual and relational freedom to pursue ministry interests and passions outside the local church.

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Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers
Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers

By: Ira Antoine
As membership continues to decline in small and medium-size churches, bivocational ministers will be needed more than ever. How will our denominations meet the needs of these ministers?

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Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers
Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers

By: Jay Lynn
Bivocational ministry is often seen as an ideal solution for struggling churches, but there's another side to this coin. While it may free churches from financial burdens, it presents emotional challenges for ministers.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage Test Article
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage Test Article

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?
How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?

By: Dennis Bickers
What is the proper compensation for a bivocational minister? Few ministers pursue bivocational ministry expecting wealth, but churches should be fair to them financially.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors
Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors

By: Dennis Bickers
If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.

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5 Rewards for Bivocational Pastors and Their Churches
5 Rewards for Bivocational Pastors and Their Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
The advantages of being bivocational outweigh the challenges that come with such ministry - for the minister as well as the congregation. Here are five rewards for each.

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Why Your Church Must Affirm Ministry of Many, Not One
Why Your Church Must Affirm Ministry of Many, Not One

By: Jerrod Hugenot
We talk about ministry as a vocation, but the word "vocation" was not meant only for the ordained pastor. Every Christian is called to be a minister, and Baptists affirm the priesthood of all believers.

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Managing the Balancing Act of Bivocational Ministry
Managing the Balancing Act of Bivocational Ministry

By: Angela Jackson
Despite what some folks might assume, serving in bivocational ministry is not a second-class option. Here are four insights for people who are considering bivocational service.

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3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know
3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know

By: David Fitch
Many leaders have misconceptions and wrong expectations about what it means to be a bivocational minister. Failing to grasp these three issues have nearly destroyed many of them.

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4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance
4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance

By: Angela Jackson
Can you be a bivocational minister and have a balanced life? Here are four ways one minister is able to manage her bivocational ministry with her other work and her family life.

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6 Realities for Your Small Church's Pastor Search
6 Realities for Your Small Church's Pastor Search
By: Dennis Bickers
It's becoming increasingly difficult for smaller churches to find pastors. Here are six realities that your church will have to keep in mind when your search committee begins its work. Don't neglect Number 5.
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3 Ways to Engage Bivocational Pastors, Churches
3 Ways to Engage Bivocational Pastors, Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Many bivocational pastors feel neglected by their denominations, even though these churches are an ever-growing part of every denomination. Here are three ways to better engage bivocational churches.
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Denominations Shouldn't Ignore Bivocational Churches
Denominations Shouldn't Ignore Bivocational Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Denominations are going to have to make some major changes if they want to have a future. The ones paying attention to bivocational churches, which make up at least a third of their members, will succeed.
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How Many Smaller Churches Can Keep Their Doors Open
How Many Smaller Churches Can Keep Their Doors Open
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches face a troubling future. Unless these congregations are willing to make significant changes, their death is almost inevitable.
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How Small, Bivocational Churches Serve Their Communities
How Small, Bivocational Churches Serve Their Communities
By: Dennis Bickers
Some churches may be smaller in size and rely on bivocational leadership, but that doesn't mean they're not effective. Here are some smaller churches that intentionally serve their communities.
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How to Make the Transition to Bivocational Ministry
How to Make the Transition to Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Transitioning from being a fully funded pastor to a bivocational one is never easy, but it will give you opportunities to meet new people and minister to them in ways that serving in a church will not.
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More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers
More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers
By: Dennis Bickers
The number of fully funded ministry positions is declining. More churches are seeking bivocational leadership. It's time to make the adjustments needed to reflect this reality.
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Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Many people have misconceptions about bivocational ministry, even seminary students. Here are some of the wrong questions that church members and leaders often ask.
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Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision
Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision
By: Ed Noyes
Rural pastors in Congo have at least one other job to make ends meet. The Kikongo Pastor's School makes sure their candidates can live off the land and pass that know-how to others.
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Why Today's Ministers Must Have a
Why Today's Ministers Must Have a "Plan B"
By: Ircel Harrison
As more churches find it increasingly difficult to fund a full-time minister, those who follow the call to ministry must plan for an alternative means of supporting themselves and their families.
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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility
Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility
By: Dennis Bickers
Too many bivocational pastors burn out because they try to do it all. Pastors must learn to take care of themselves by allowing the rest of the church to share in ministry tasks.
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What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
By: Dennis Bickers
Whether you like it or not, changes are coming for your smaller church. The wise congregation will weigh the options and pick the model that makes the most sense for them.
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Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
More churches in all denominations are turning to bivocational pastors. While pastors could once assume that they could secure a fully funded ministry position, that's no longer a safe assumption.
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When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
More churches are likely to transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational minister. To succeed with this change, both the pastor and the congregation must change expectations.
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Coaches Help Wounded Pastors Return to Ministry
Coaches Help Wounded Pastors Return to Ministry
Many pastors have left the ministry because of emotional wounds they received from churches. Most have no one with whom they can share their pain. Coaching provides a safe place for them.
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What Does the Future Hold for Small Churches?
What Does the Future Hold for Small Churches?
While it's likely that many small churches will close their doors in the next few years, that won't spell the end for small churches. A new type of small church will spring up to replace them.
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How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching
How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching

Bivocational pastors can benefit from coaching sessions because they are a source of encouragement and helps them to step back and look at their overall ministry.

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5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
Many smaller churches are increasingly becoming bivocational. Many of those churches have unrealistic expectations for their next pastor. Here are five of the most common.
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