1. Paul was “partially funded” and it’s hard to go wrong with Paul as your role model.
2. There is a built in argument against the “hired gun mentality” that is prevelant in so many of our churches. When no staff member, including the pastor, is full time the laity must step up. Or, watch the church die a slow death while lamenting the lack of a full-time pastor.
3. It is easier to be fearless. I believe men are hard-wired to be providers for our families. Even the most faithful of men will think twice - and possible shy away from taking a much needed stand -- if their livelihood is on the line.
As a bi-vocational minister, I am completely at ease over this kind of tension. The worst thing the congregation can do to me is fire me… in that case I’ll simply go to my office and make more money there than what the church was paying me. I’ve maintained my integrity, my family is provided for, and the congregation is free from any kind of prolonged battle over whatever the issue was.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Bowden McElroy posted this on his blog Interregnum (which is now closed) December 8th, 2006. I think it is worth passing along.