Just wanted to share something briefly about the experience of becoming a bi-vocational pastor.
It’s great to have a day job! Really, 8 hours a day, five days a week – and I get to relax at lunch! After fifteen years of full time ministry, the work days seem short. The Lord opened up a job for me at Murray Engineering. It’s a small company, and I have been pleasantly surprised to find very little relational stress among the people here – actually, none that I can detect. There’s no drama, no hysterics, and plenty of work to do. Some might call that boring, but I find it to be really refreshing. My employers also seem intent on resolving tensions. I respect that.
Every day I go to quiet office and enjoy engaging work. I’m back in the world of engineering, but no longer as an electrical engineer – I’m pretty much starting over learning structural engineering. (It’s probably not for everyone, but I’m having fun!) The work requires a lot of concentration, thinking, and attention to detail. At the end of the day, my mind is kind of tired, but I’m not emotionally tired. I leave with energy for ministry.
And I think that’s the key for bi-vocational ministry. Finding work that allows you to leave at the end of the day with energy for ministry. And I know things can change. Actually, I know things will change. But for now, I’m just really grateful. I get do engineering again AND I get to lead a church established for a movement of mission and discipleship on the First Coast. I feel blessed.
Got to get back to work…