On-Demand Video Certification

Bi-vocational Co-vocational Certification

Preparing Leaders for Bi-vocational and Co-vocational Ministry

Join Thom Rainer and Sam Rainer for this video-based training that will prepare you to lead in a part-time capacity and address the common issues associated with the growing bi-vocational and co-vocational ministry models.

  • Licensed certification
  • Step-by-step training
  • Personal coach


Bi-vocational Co-vocational Certification

Preparing Leaders for Bi-vocational and Co-vocational Ministry

Why should you get certified as a Bi-vocational Co-vocational ministry leader?

Becoming certified lets churches know that you have been through content and material that sets you apart from other bi-vocational and co-vocational ministry leaders. This certification gives you credibility as a ministry leader and equips you to lead your church to greater health.

With certification, you will be better equipped to:

  • Understand the changing world of bi-vocational and co-vocational ministry

  • Lead in a part-time capacity

  • Build an effective church staff

  • Make your family a priority

Who is the certification for?

  • Pastors or church ministry leaders who are bi-vocational or co-vocational.
  • Pastors or church ministry leaders who want to become bi-vocational or co-vocational.
  • Leaders who want to continue their work in the marketplace but have a calling to serve in ministry.
  • Pastors or church ministry leaders with bi-vocational or co-vocational staff members.

What are the benefits of serving as a bi-vocational or co-vocational pastor?

✅  You keep a foot firmly in the marketplace.

✅  You are not dependent totally on church income.

✅  You are forced to equip the laity to get ministry done.

✅  You have a broader and healthier perspective.

Meet Your Faculty

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Thom S. Rainer

Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach
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Sam Rainer

President & Senior Coach
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How the Certification Course Works

Video-Based Learning

Course work happens online and is on demand. Participants can work at their own pace.


Pray & Go and the Pace Acceptance Matrix are included with this certification.



Every participant will be assigned a mentor as they progress through certification.

6 Months Access to Church Answers

Church Answers Central is an online community of 1,900+ church leaders. Certification participants will be able to converse with other leaders and pastors about current trends in the church.

Professional Certification Diploma

All graduates will receive a certification diploma.

Money-Back Guarantee

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with the Bi-vocational Co-vocational Certification, you may receive a full refund. Requests must be submitted within the first 30 days. No questions asked.

If you are starting in bi-vocational/co-vocational ministry or are thinking about it, this certification course is perfect for you. It prepares you for everything you need and the challenges you could potentially see. The videos and the books are filled with content but not long and overwhelming, so you can go at your own pace and pick up right where you left off. I highly recommend this course and believe that learning through Church Answers will be the place to go for future church leaders.

Joe Hiatt, Bi-Vocational pastor in Iowa

Watch one of the courses in Bi-vocational and Co-vocational certification:


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Frequently Asked Questions

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