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In 2015, more than 38% of pastors in the U.S. were bi-vocational. Almost every church has at least one bi-vocational leader on their team.

Tim Diehl defines a bi-vocational pastor as a person who serves as a pastor in a church and also carries one or more other jobs in order to supplement his or her salary.

While there are some advantages to bi-vocational ministry, one of the biggest challenges is pace. How does a leader work in the marketplace full-time, pastor a church at the same time, and yet have any hope to find space for rest and rejuvenation?

Let’s briefly talk about four work/rest rhythms.

Rhythm 1: Daily

“And then there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” ~ Gen.1:5 – At the very beginning of creation, we are introduced to a daily rhythm of work and rest.

Rhythm 2: Weekly:

This second rhythm has to do with taking a day off each week. We Christians call it Sabbath.

Rhythm 3: Quarterly

Every 90 days, encourage your bi-vocational staff (and yourself if you’re bi-vocational) to get out of their zip code and take a day away or part of a day for relaxation, reflection, recreation, and rest

Rhythm 4: Annual

Learning how to play actually helps us be more productive at work.

If you or your teammates are bi-vocational, you’ll need to get creative with these rhythms, especially the first two.

  • Daily – you’ll have to work harder than most to clock out at a reasonable time.
  • Weekly – if you’re serving in a bi-vocational capacity, it might be next to impossible to get a full day off every week.

Why this matters: Because you and your bi-vocational team cannot escape the negative consequences of living life out of rhythm for very long. It will catch up to all of you.

John Opalewski

Author John Opalewski

John Opalewski is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He served as a pastor for fifteen years. He has worked in the business world for nearly two decades, serving in multiple leadership roles. John's experience as a leader in both the church and business arenas has made him a sought-after international speaker, coach and mentor.

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