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In a bivocational role, a pastor must be especially diligent to plan times of rest. Simply put, one cannot burn the candle at both ends indefinitely. The ministry challenge. Church leadership development often focuses on vision, mission and lofty goals, ignoring the practical side of ministry. The bivocational pastor is typically more often focused on what it takes to get through the week.

Depending on the church there may also be campus duties to perform everything from managing the church building to mowing the grass. A bivocational pastor is challenged with discerning what he must do, and what others can handle. Further, the church must also understand the incarnational ministry of the bivocational pastor. Often the teaching to pastors assumes they are ministry-employed full-time, with the support of staff and budget dollars—making some of their developmental and operational ideas difficult if not impossible to execute.

A study showed the average bivocational pastor was 49 years old, with few younger than Perhaps this generally older demographic is a reflection of the maturity needed to handle the additional stress that carrying two jobs holds. The fact is, though, that bivocational pastors as a group are aging.

Further, the number of bivocational pastors holding that role for more than 3 years is shrinking. The church planting movement currently underway in evangelical circles nationwide is akin to bivocational pastoral duties. However, many planters begin with multi-year support already set, and are able to dedicate themselves full-time to planting a church.

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A bivocational pastor, on the other hand, often takes an existing church and is challenged with maintaining and growing a small congregation over time, while still attending to work outside of ministry. Time for friendships, leadership and spiritual development and family are at a premium. A bivocational pastor, then, most also be adept at setting aside time for personal development, and to build strong friendships for accountability and spiritual growth.

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