I have been a bi-vocational pastor for the last decade. When it comes to bi-vocational ministry there are many unique challenges and benefits. Over the years I have gotten to know several godly men who are in bi-vocational ministry. Recently, I had the opportunity to ask each of them two questions: “What is your greatest prayer request as a bi-vocational pastor and what is the greatest benefit to being in bi-vocational ministry.”
The following is a summary of their answers:
Dr. Joe Allotta – Crossroads Church
Pastor Joe believes that one of the greatest benefits of being a bi-vocational pastor is the freedom to make decisions. Since his income is not solely based on the church, he is able to make choices based on what he believes is right and good for the church without fear that he might lose his job and not be able to provide for his family.
A great prayer need for Joe is that God would allow him to use his time wisely and that he would be putting in the appropriate time for each area of his life (family, ministry, and career).
Pastor Jake Collins – Northwest Community Church
Pastor Jake believes that being used by God in the workplace is one of the greatest benefits of bi-vocational ministry. Jake stated, “I work with autistic kids and their families so God often has me in a place of chaos where I can be light and encouragement to those I work with and be used by God outside the church setting.”
Jake’s greatest prayer need is time management and the zeal and energy to do both ministry and secular work well for the glory of God.
Pastor Spencer Sowers – First Baptist Church of Wesley Chapel
Pastor Spencer believes that the greatest benefit to working in bi-vocational ministry is the ability to regularly work with people outside of the church. This is a unique opportunity that many full-time pastoral staff members simply don’t have, but it allows for different kinds of ministry opportunities.
Spencer’s greatest prayer request is for time management, especially when it comes to his family.
Pastor Yeriel Dominguez, The House of Restoration
Pastor Yeriel believes the greatest benefit of being a bi-vocational pastor is that is does not put a huge financial burden on the church. It allows the tithes and offering that come in to be used for ministry rather than for the pastor’s salary.
Yeriel’s greatest prayer request is that he would not have to be bi-vocational anymore. He would love to be able to focus all his attention on the work of leading and shepherding the people God has given him.
Drew Regan, Riverside Baptist Church
Drew believes that the greatest benefit of being in bi-vocational ministry is being able to see the true culture that we live in. Before he entered bi-vocational work, he was typically only around other believers, but now that he is bi-vocational he has been able to branch out and minister to those outside of the church as well as those within. This has given him a new perspective as he ministers to those around him.
Drew’s greatest prayer request is that he would have a Kingdom mindset regardless of where he is or what he is doing.
Pastor Jason Lowe, Crossroads Church
Pastor Jason believes that the greatest benefit of being bi-vocational is being aware of what life is like outside of church. Jason believes that seeing people outside the church gives him an opportunity to stay connected to people and their difficulties. When he sees the struggles that others face it makes it easier for him to serve people as he understands where they may be coming from.
Jason’s greatest prayer request is for balance in ministry, work, and family. He is often being pulled in numerous directions and if he doesn’t give the appropriate attention to one area of his life, it is possible that the others could come crashing down as well.
Remember to pray regularly for the bi-vocational pastors (and all the others too) in your life. We need your prayers.