Leading a Revitalization or Replant When You Are Bivocational

Episode #054
August 16, 2018
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Bivocational pastors often face unique issues related to church revitalization—especially when it comes to time. Today, we discuss how to prioritize the small amount of time bivocational pastors have.

Today’s Listener Question:


I am a bivocational pastor replanting a church that has about 50 people. I work full time outside of my responsibilities there and am only able to give about 15 hours to the church ministry. With that in mind what is the best way to spend those 15 hours? What’s the priority in my time management? Thanks and keep up the good podcast!

Episode Highlights:

  • Bivocational pastors need to know what kind of bandwidth they have to devote to the church.
  • There are great sermon helps out there. Use them—but don’t plagiarize them.
  • Tactical patience means knowing what to do when and waiting until the time is right to make changes.
  • One of the marks of success in ministry is a pattern of making disciples who make disciples.

The six priorities that we discuss are:

  1. Focus on equipping others
  2. Focus on sermon preparation
  3. Have tactical patience
  4. Communicate clearly your time limitations
  5. Use groups to do ministry
  6. Stay connected with other pastors

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit ChurchReplanters.com.

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