Visiting Churches

Reflecting on Church #7: A Bivocational Minister

With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #7.

Churches typically spend the majority of their money (at least half, often quite a bit more) on staff compensation but not this church. The pastor of this church is a bivocational minister.

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith

That means he has a regular job during the week and serves the church as a volunteer. This means they can direct much more of their money to help others and reach out into the community.

I applaud this bivocational minister. It’s closer to how the early church functioned and follows the model of Paul in the Bible (Acts 20:34).

I wish more churches and church leaders would follow the example of this pastor, Paul, and what I read in the Bible.

[See my reflections about Church #6 and Church #8 or start with Church #1.]

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