When I say bivocational, I mean you are a pastor, but you are not a full-time employed pastor. Being a pastor is not your full-time vocation.
There are lots of reasons I have been thinking on this subject, but I will be writing more at length about that later.
It seems like the last few years I have been engaged in more and more conversations on this issue, and I know more and more pastors who are entering the ministry as a bivocational pastor. I see it most with my church planter friends, yet even many of them hope to maintain the bivocational role, rather than doing it “full-time.”
There are lots of reasons why I went back to graduate school to study marriage and family therapy: 1) I needed more therapy training I felt so I could be a better pastor; 2) I knew that within a few years I was hoping to move out of “full-time” vocational ministry work.
I will pick up on this subject in this blog over the next few days, but I hope you could answer this question for me.