Resources you can use

This page is meant to provide links to and highlights of various resources you will find useful as a bivocational minister.  Please let me know of any other resources which should go here!


Dennis Bickers excellent blog on Bivocational Ministry

Statistics and Research

Good article on “The Contour of Pastoral Ministry”  by Nazarene Pensions and Benefits

“Picture of Bivocational Pastors in the Church of the Nazarene”  Nazarene Bivocational Pastors


“Bivocational Pastoring in a Binary World”       Northwest Ministry Network (AG)

“Preaching To Reach Pre-Christians”   Northwest Ministry Network (AG)


Bivocational Small Church Leadership Network (Southern Baptist)

“8 Reasons To Be a Bivocational Pastor”

“The Demands And Benefits of the Bivocational Minister”

“Sunday’s a Comin’: The Preaching Ministry for the Bi-Vocational Pastor”

“10 suggestions/thoughts on bi-vocational ministry by Todd Hiestand”

“Sermon Preparation Steps for Bivocational Pastors”

“Living Fully Called, But Not Fully Funded” by Linda Lowry at Exponential.Org   “Living Fully Called, But Not Fully Funded”

“The Dangers of Bivocational Ministry”  by Beau Underwood at Sojourners Magazine

“State of Church Planting in the U.S. 2015 Report” from

Books to read

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“Bivo: A Modern-Day Guide for Bi-Vocational Saints” by Hugh Halter

“The Pastor’s Guide to Leading and Living” by Dr. O.S. Hawkins

“The Art and Practice of Bivocational Ministry: A Pastor’s Guide ” by Dennis Bickers

“Tentmaking Pastor, The: The Joy of Bivocational Ministry” by Dennis Bickers

“The Work of the Bivocational Minister (Work of the Church)” by Dennis Bickers

“The Bivocational Pastor: Two Jobs, One Ministry” by Dennis Bickers

“Heart of a Great Pastor” by HB London and Neil Wiseman

“Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services” by Nelson Searcy

“Uniquely Bivocational-Understanding the Life of a Pastor who has a Second Job: For Bivocational Pastors and Their Churches” by Ray Gilder


Resource Lists

Free Resources from Exponential.Org   Audio, video, eBooks and more!  Take a look…a lot of church planting stuff, but also much on bivopastors in general.




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