Missional/Vocational Pastoring

I’ve been thinking for quite sometime about the pitfalls and deficiencies of this practice of “full-time ministry” that the church likes to engage people in.

Zach Nielson over at Take Your Vitamin Z posted an interesting reflection on his experience as church planter/pastor and Apple store worker on monday:

There have been two different seasons in my life when I have shared the Gospel the most frequently and both of those seasons happened to be when I worked a job outside the church. One was when I was waiting tables as a side gig when I was touring musician in Nashville, and the second one is where I am at now. It’s not hard to figure out. Relationships with unbelievers are structured into my life for 20 hours a week. We live among each other and our lives naturally intersect. Do you have a structure in your life that forces this upon you?

If our ministers weren’t continually cooped up in church, they could be setting the example in missional living. They could also better relate to the majority of the congregation’s experience in the working world. AND, in accepting a lesser salary, free up money to support other congregation members in working part-time and contributing hours to the ministry of the church.

Even Paul didn’t just do church stuff :

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

(1 Thessalonians 2:9 ESV)

So, there you have it: I don’t think that full-time ministry is correct practice. Y’all gotta get a job!


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