Bivocationalism Has Historic Roots and Modern Benefits

by Leslie Wooldridge.

As congregation sizes decrease, more clergy consider the need to be bi-vocational. Researchers and practitioners share guidance on how to make it work.


bi-vocational stories; guidance when considering being bi-vocational; bi-vocational benefits

Suggested Uses

  • Review positive aspects of bi-vocational ministry among pastors and board members.
  • Evaluate the potential fit of the bi-vocational model for small congregations.
  • Make decisions concerning the leadership model of small congregations.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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