Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effective Strategies for Bi-Vocational Ministry
by Smith, Gregory Harris, D.Min., Biola University, 2014, 184; 3616255
Abstract (Summary)

The researcher's doctoral project addresses finding effective strategies so that bi-vocational pastors can be successful in their ministry and secondary profession. The project focused on bi-vocational pastors from Protestant denominations. The project explored the issues that make being successful in ministry and in a secondary profession difficult for pastors. Identifying the successful strategies within ministry and the secondary profession will allow the pastor to successfully handle the inevitable difficulties that bi-vocational pastors face. The scope of the researcher's doctoral project was limited to the number of bi-vocational pastors that were interviewed. The researcher answers the question, "What strategies do effective bi-vocational pastors utilize to succeed in their pastoral responsibilities as well as their second profession?" The researcher concludes that bi-vocational pastors can be successful when they follow the various strategies uncovered in the research in the areas of time management, self-improvement, their secondary profession, preaching, training, helping church members, administration, handling change, and receiving help from other pastors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, J. Kent, Naidu, Ashish J.
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Clerical studies, Divinity, Theology
Keywords: Bi-vocation, Bi-vocational, Bivocational, Ministry, Part-time, Pastor
Publication Number: 3616255
ISBN: 9781303830792
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