I don’t post much during times of transition because I don’t want to speak out of turn or spill the beans prematurely. I’ll say this for now: I have been contemplating a bi-vocational pastorate position. Most of my ministry life has been bi-vocational. My last church ministry position was full time. I was unprepared for the stresses which would be related to my family’s financial survival being tied to a church body and the purse string holders. What began as a dream (my livelihood and ministry being one and the same) became a nightmare (for many reasons beside the financial). It almost caused me to abandon church altogether. God has been good and gracious, sustaining me through it all, constantly drawing me back, and never letting me go.
These few months away from church leadership have caused me to reevaluate ministry as employment. Out of the blue I was approached by a struggling church in need of a bi-vocational pastor. Despite the struggles inherent in such a position, I’ve felt increasingly drawn to this group of people. I don’t for a moment think I can “fix” them. I do feel called to help them refocus on the Gospel of Christ in every aspect of their lives. I see the lessons I have learned over my struggles being applicable to their situation. I’ve come to realize there’s a freedom in having my paycheck coming from outside the church.
These thoughts aren’t finished, but that’s all I’ll publicly share for now.