Saturday, August 01, 2015

3 Sermon Prep tips for Bi-vocational Pastors

There may be no more under appreciated person in the Kingdom that the bi-vocational pastor. Many of them are the only staff member of a small church. They work a job during the week and are still expected to perform most, if not all, of the ministry functions of a full-time pastor.

Through the years I have known bi-vocational pastors who had to take time off work to do funerals, did periodic weddings, and still had to preach two or three sermons a week. They did counseling, attended deacons meetings, met with the personnel committee, finance committee, or any number of other groups....

It may not be possible to save time at every point of the week, but here are a few time savers that might help with preparing sermons while also holding down a full-time job. I am currently a bi-vocational, part-time teaching pastor. As such I rarely feel the strain of a pastor who is shouldering the entire load. Obviously these suggestions are not intended to supplant spiritual preparation like prayer, but as these ideas help me on a practical level, I hope they will help others. Keep reading

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