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#MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastorsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse.
But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational "heroes" who "work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job," serve 20 hours with the church and "never take a Sunday off."
"Most bivocational pastors don't get to go to conferences," said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association in Tallahassee. "Most bivocational pastors never set foot on a seminary campus.... To be able to get some real training in their hands" on abuse prevention and reporting "is huge." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A normal Baptist church
Randy Davis tells of visiting a "normal" Baptist church in a "normal" rural community led by a "normal" bivocational pastor. But churches like First Baptist Howell are "pretty exceptional in my book," Davis writes. Read More
Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrivesAUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.
Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.
It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More
Special ops good prep for bivocational pastorNEBO, Ky. (BP) -- Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent 24 years as a soldier serving his country. Now he's focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor.
Morgan, pastor of Silent Run Baptist Church in western Kentucky, now seeks to bring the same courage and tenacity to his ministry that he was decorated for as a special operations helicopter pilot delivering Delta Force soldiers and Navy Seals into hot spots around the world. Read More
Bivocational pastor's careers require intentionalityALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Whether serving as pastor of Indian Nations Baptist Church, a bus driver, professor or certified professional coach, Scott Tafoya strives to make disciples in whichever sphere he finds himself.
The unique opportunities of a bivocational pastor, he says, "are, in some ways, no different than for any other Christian."
"Though we need to 'leave our work at the office' at times," Tafoya says ministry is "tied to life as a whole and really cannot be seen as completely separate." Read More
Bivocational minister refuses to turn over sermonsATLANTA (BP) -- A bivocational lay minister and physician is refusing to give the state of Georgia copies of his past sermons in a legal suit alleging the state fired him as health director because of his religious beliefs.
Eric Walsh will not comply with the district court's request for his sermons and relevant notes because he believes the court has exceeded its authority in the request, he said in an Oct. 26 press release from his counsel, First Liberty Institute. Read More
Bivocational pastors 'not alone,' Page saysHANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) -- "Bivocational pastors are my heroes" said Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, as he addressed the annual session of the Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network, May 13-14, at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
"You are not alone," Page told the 55 pastors and wives gathered at the auditorium of the university in Hannibal, Mo., repeating a message he often shares as he speaks around the nation. Read More
Ga. fires physician for lay sermons, lawsuit saysATLANTA (BP) -- First Liberty Institute has filed a lawsuit for a bivocational lay minister and physician, alleging the state of Georgia fired him because of sermons he delivered in the pulpit before his employment as a district health director.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) fired Eric Walsh a week after hiring him as a district health director for northwest Atlanta because of the content of sermons he delivered as an ordained lay minister, alleges the suit filed April 20 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Read More
Labor Day: Bivocational pastors known for work ethicNASHVILLE (BP) -- When Rick Lazor pastored Nuuanu Baptist Church in Honolulu with its six weekend worship services in four different languages, he never imagined he would one day join the ranks of bivocational pastors.
But each Sunday as he walked through the transitioning Kakaako neighborhood to meet his family for lunch, he felt burdened that the area had no evangelical churches. So he left Nuuanu nearly a decade ago to plant a congregation called OlaNui!, Hawaiian for "abundant life." ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Urban bivocational ministry
HARTFORD, Conn. (BP) -- Bivocational ministers are key to urban outreach, Connecticut Baptist leader Terry Dorsett writes. “We need to shake off the stereotype that this is just a rural phenomenon. … These pastors are part of the team that can reach urban areas effectively,” Dorsett writes, posing the question, “Will we let them have a seat at the table?” Read More