God has led me to enter a new chapter in my life. Officially, I now have a new job in addition to being a pastor. The reason I am writing this is to let you know that at one time, I was against being bi-vocational…and I was wrong.
I had excuse after excuse (I called them reasons) why being bi-vocational was bad, or not exactly ideal. My excuses were not just for me. They were for any pastor who was bi-vocational.
Then I had a change of heart. Being bi-vocational is not necessarily forever but it is…sometimes necessary. This is what I have had to learn because God doesn’t always work the way I think.
- Being bi-vocational is temporary because it takes time for a church to grow. It takes time to disciple believers and train them to make disciples. It takes time to train men who God has called to be pastors so that they can go out and plant other churches.
- Being bi-vocational brings in some extra income so that you can pay off bills, take a vacation, buy a new car or an air conditioner, pay off student loans or maybe just rebuild your savings account.
- Most pastors are bi-vocational. Most pastors do something in addition to being a pastor. For instance, there are pastors who are bloggers, consultants, evangelists, conference speakers, and authors.
This is what I had to get into my thick brain:
If God knew that I would not be able to handle it, he would have chosen somebody else.
The Creator of the universe knows me because he created me. God knew from the start that being bi-vocational would both excite me and challenge me.
Yes it means that I have less personal time. It also means that I have to prioritize time with my family. I need to be intentional about spending time with my wife and my boys.
Being bi-vocational does mean that I am twice as busy but it is definitely not a bad word.