I’m a bivopastor (trivo actually) by choice and by calling.
I love this style of ministry.
I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to full-time professional ministry.
When I first considered it, I thought it was an indication of my inability to succeed as a professional pastor but I could never reconcile for myself the drain of professional staff salaries/benefits/housing on a church budget with the great need to support life-giving ministries.
Then I read, met, and became friends with Hugh Halter who has done a lot of writing on the missional benefits of bivo ministries.
His work singlehandedly changed my outlook on ministry and what God has called me to do with my life.
That and my personality profile indicates I will always be a multitasker by nature (I need three or four plates spinning at one time to find professional satisfaction).
God has called me to do a lot of things in my life
During the week, I work as a hospice chaplain.
For a number of years, I pastored while owning my own senior care business.
I am also an elected city councilman which provides some income as well.
All the hats I wear are quite flexible and provide opportunities to adjust schedules based on needs throughout the week.
All of our church staff are bivo in nature and we intend to keep it that way as the church continues to grow because it has created a stronger sense of ownership among the congregation of the church’s ministry.
There’s not a soul who isn’t involved in some level.
We have new attenders who have been with us two or three Sundays volunteering to help us in some aspect of the ministry.
Our largest draw to date has been folks who appreciate that all of our staff work “real jobs” and no one is making more than $20K per year.
People see their money going to real needs and our offering tends to exceed that of churches similar in size to us.
That’s more than the post requested, but I’m particularly passionate about the subject.
I should reiterate that the difficulty reconciling the drain of salaries, etc is my own personal challenge and is by no means a criticism those many amazing pastors and church leaders who do the work of a full-time professional pastor well.
It’s a struggle for me as my philosophy of ministry is quite different.
But I have a growing congregation with a life-giving and disciple-making ministry which is all anyone in our field can ask for.