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One of the unique challenges bivocational pastors face is a sense of isolation, loneliness and a failure to feel connected to a peer group.  

At the Baptist Convention of MD/DE we desire to help diminish those challenges experienced by our bivocational pastors.  We want to lend support and come along side those serving bivocationally and connect them to resources and network opportunities that will help them in their ministries.

So let's get started. 

We begin by introducing SBC ministries that have a heart for you and the ministry that God has called you to serve. They have developed helpful resources, events, scholarship projects, networking opportunities, plus so much more. Enjoy getting to know them and utilizing their resources. Tap into their networks so that you can find others who are serving in the same manner as you are. Explore their materials. Download sermons, newsletters, and scholarship options.  Most of all know that you are not alone and we are here to help you in any way that we can.

Iron Men of the SBC -  They work 40-plus hours a week, give spiritual leadership to their churches and remain engaged in the lives of their families.  Supermen, no - they are bivocational pastors.  Visit the Bivocational Pastor webpage at NAMB to learn about scholarships, specifically designed for bivocational church planters and pastors who need financial assistance pursuing a master’s degree. To learn more click here.

Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network (BSCLN)

BSCLN has a wide range of resource, events, networking, support groups, scholarship projects and much much more available for the bivocational and small church pastor to take advantage of.  You do not have to be alone! To learn more about BSCLN click here

  • The Art and Practice of Bivocational Ministry

    It is a balancing act. If you are a bivocational pastor, you are familiar with the stresses, complications, and unique hurdles that come with bivocational ministry. You have a special calling.

  • Uniquely Bivocational-Understanding the Life of a Pastor who has a Second Job

    Uniquely Bivocational explores the challenges and opportunities facing the bivocational pastor. Often misunderstood and undervalued, bivo pastors provide leadership for the majority of the churches across America. Learning to balance family, church and work is perhaps the most unique challenge facing these special servants of God.

  • The Tentmaking Pastor

    Real-world guide to the challenges, rewards, and advantages of bivocational ministry. Excellent for individuals and churches exploring pastoring options. Click image for a preview and cost.

  • Bivocational Pastors -video special

    Some ministers are answering the call to care for their families and tend to their flocks by working two full-time jobs. It's a growing trend in Tennessee, with nearly half of the state’s Baptist churches being led by a pastor who also has another job. It is a tradition with biblical origins, says Ray Gilder, the bivocational specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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