7 Reasons to Consider Bi Vocational Church Planting

7 Reasons to Consider Bi Vocational Church Planting

The fact is, Churches cost money to launch, lots of money.  Buildings, staff salaries, equipment and getting the word out about a new plant will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the first few years. A major portion of those expenses come directly from salaries and the lead Pastors salary is generally the largest slice of that pie.  Remove that slice and you may find it easier to succeed.  You also might find the additional 40 hour-a-week job you’ve added, so you no longer need the pastoral salary, puts a slight hiccup in your ability to actually be the pastor. There are pro’s and con’s to bi vocational ministry and, depending on the model of church you plan to plant, having two gigs may be the lynchpin to your success or the reason for it’s demise. Here are a few of those pro’s and con’s you might want to consider before jumping in to the bi vocational ministry pool: Pro’s 1. Frequent interaction with the community (mission field) Working as a barista in a coffee shops gives you ample opportunities to meet people.  Plus, you have the added bonus of handing them life in a cup!  Being a cubicle missionary is hard work but the close proximity to those you are looking to serve, has the potential to increase the size of your church on a weekly basis! 2. Less drain on ministerial resources Zero dollars paid to the pastor means that more resources can be dedicated to the mission. 3. It’s leaner therefore quicker Lean processes have been a long standing way of life in the manufacturing industry.  It’s essentially...
Do We Even Have a ‘Main Thing’ Anymore?

Do We Even Have a ‘Main Thing’ Anymore?

We can all agree there is much to do to ready this Earth for the return of Jesus. And we are trying. We are lifting up our best and yet; even in the midst of rising to our feet, shoulders straining from the weight of the load, we sometimes fail. I wonder, are we trying to lift too much?  Churches striving to keep up with the Joneses, when the Joneses are the churches down the street with a newer, bigger, “better” building. Are we trying too hard to do too much? I’ve been in awe of Children’s ministries that would put a gleam in the eye of Walt Disney but when my kid left his class, the only thing he could recount was the video games they let him play. I have worshiped with musicians who’s artistry was world class.  Production so on-point that never a mistake was made.  I was most entertained, but was God? I once watched a Sunday school teacher beautifully present the falling of the walls of Jericho with an elaborate wall and city constructed entirely of cardboard.  When the children festooned with home made helmets and instruments marched around the paper city the seventh time, a string was pulled and the walls came tumbling down.  I’d be willing to bet that those kids remembered that bible story when they got home. I’ve also had fellowship in a high school gym where a lone worship leader squawked out a song of praise and there wasn’t any question about where God’s Spirit was as it fell, heavy, across the room. Do we focus on programs or people?  Passion or production?  We have to focus on...
Built By Hand | Austin, TX

Built By Hand | Austin, TX

Master builders from all over the world came together with their most beautiful beasts.  I was only able to capture a few frames before my machine, a Canon 5d Mark ii went belly...
Hello Florida

Hello Florida

Hey Florida friends. I am excited to be heading to the panhandle for Christmas and I would like to photograph you for my latest project “Underneath The Stars”.  Please ping me if you are interested.
Church Planting Best Practices

Church Planting Best Practices

This report is designed to help church planters stay focused and on track during the first 30/60/90 days after being green lit to plant their church.  This is a living document, which means it will change often as new research becomes available.  These should not be considered the only way to go about utilizing your pre-launch time and resources.  Instead think of this document as a place to spark new ideas when you get into a slump. Over the next few months I will be writing full posts about each section below.  I will make each sub-header into a hyperlink that will direct you to that individual post. The First 30 Days After Approval Pray Seriously, hit your knees with great frequency.  The Enemy does not want your new church to succeed.  He wants you frustrated and defeated, do not give him the satisfaction. Study Start studying the bible with your spouse and children.  Planting a church is difficult and your family will have to give up a lot as they plant with you.  Diving in to Gods word will help you weather the storm together. Read Begin reading church planting books, blogs, white papers; whatever you can get your hands on. Vision Write out the vision God is giving you for your church plant.  Show your spouse and ask God for His wisdom.  Later you will use this vision statement as a reference for your mission statement. Choose a Demo Is your vision to reach millennials, a specific geographic location (eg. downtown) or a specific cultural group?  Choosing a demographic will help you choose a model and understanding...
Speaking in St. Louis

Speaking in St. Louis

  Date: Sunday, November 2nd Time: 9:30am and 10:45am Address: 1200 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63131 Join me this Sunday as I share about share about the persecuted Christian church in Ethiopia.  I’ll share about my experience filming for Watch and Pray Ministries and about what others are giving up for the sake of the gospel....
Dead Bones Collective

Dead Bones Collective

One of my jobs is to create discourse.  I’ve been tasked to create dialogue about the health and well-being of the church both inside the walls of our building and out there, in the world.  What are we doing correctly and what needs work?  I’ve interviewed at least a dozen pastors and visited nearly as many campuses and I have seen all kinds of models and styles.  There is no question that we, as the body of Christ, are trying.  We are trying to engage with our communities and we are being intentional about how we present the gospel. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Christian Church. But we can do better.  We can share more ideas and we can reach more people.  Most importantly we can be more transparent.  We can share our failures so others don’t have to trudge through the same junk. That is why I am launching The Dead Bones Collective on November 2nd.  TDBC is A group of church planters, pastors, and lay people who regularly engage digitally around the topic of the health of the church. This will be a safe place to share your heart and get valid, useful feedback from your peers.  We aren’t your board of directors, we don’t sit in your pews, we have no agenda other than the health of each of the those in the collective. If you choose to join the conversation you will receive a weekly newsletter with one though provoking question designed to challenge your thinking about how church is and how it should be run.  You will also be invited to a...
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