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Part-Time Pulpit — Full-Time Pastor

Financial and other pragmatic realities of churches often point those of us committed to a life as ‘professional’ church leaders to bi-vocational ministry as our best, and sometimes only, option. I entered into a bi-vocational life because the church I was called to serve, New Vision United Church of Christ, could not (and still cannot) afford a full-time pastor. I’ve worked many part-time jobs since then. Currently, I am a Starbucks barista. I’m lucky; they offer health benefits, flexible hours and are willing to work around my church schedule. Yet, this life is not for everyone. Being a part-time minister sometimes benefits both me and my congregation. I am not at the beck and call of my congregation. I have working hours for church and I am held accountable to them, by my family and by my congregation (except in the case of emergencies, of course). Also, my other ...

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