Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

April 2019

I wrote a small book last summer. The Cape Girardeau Baptist Association commissioned me to write “Why Not Me?:You Could Be A Bivocational Pastor” This 48 page book will help you understand how God could be calling you to pastor a smaller membership church and continue in a job in the marketplace to provide for part or most of your family income. I was asked to write this little book to use as a recruitment tool for directors of missions as they visit with pastors, preachers and laymen who might be experiencing a call to bivocational ministry.
In our association 70 percent of the pastors have another job, are partially retired or their wives work fulltime in order to provide most of the family income. These guys are my heroes in ministry. They work longer hours than most pastors. They multi-task constantly. And they have a great opportunity to share Christ in the marketplace as they work in sale barns, retail stores, schools, farms and many other occupations.
I think more and more the churches in our association will be looking for bivocational pastors. In this little book I wrote profiles of eight southeast Missouri bivocational ministers. Their stories were fascinating and inspiring. I spent a couple of chapters talking about the theology of God’s call and then specifically asking if God might be calling the reader to this kind of ministry.
The book was just published and it costs $5.00 and they are currently on sale for 25% off at Search for my name and you will find the book and can order a copy. If you are a pastor in the association, I will have a copy for you at the FBC Macon bivocational pastor retreat or at the next executive board meeting. People have been asking me to autograph copies (which seems awfully weird to me) but I am glad to share the research and the stories of this book and hope it will be a helpful contribution to the Kingdom of God. It was a fun project.