Tentmaking 7 (Jeff Cook)

The Tension between Leading and Teaching: Tentmaking 7 (the Final Post) I know of a few pastors who have solid, large churches who have stepped out of the “executive pastor” role, and have exclusively assumed a “teaching pastor role,” allowing someone else to do the fulltime work of leading their church community. This seems quite [Read More…]

Tentmaking 6 (Jeff Cook)

The Other Job: Tentmaking 6 The Apostle Paul made tents in order to fund his ministry, often receiving nothing from churches he was serving. Some present day pastors likewise divide their time between ministry and another job. A problem that has been hinted at in previous posts is that many of us actually “like” our other [Read More…]

Tentmaking 5 (Jeff Cook)

Family: Tentmaking 5 It is commonly pointed out by those who argue for bivocational ministry as a good, even superior, way to be a pastor that Paul was a tentmaker. Yet a primary difference between Paul and most pastors I know, is that he was neither married nor had children. The rhythms of life for [Read More…]

Tentmaking 4 (Jeff Cook)

Finances : Tentmaking 4 According to a 2008 compensation survey from LifeWay, the average pastor of a small church with between 50 and 74 members makes $39,459. For a bivocational pastor of the same size church, the average salary is $10,181. I had a recent conversation with a magazine editor who said that bivocational ministry [Read More…]

Tentmaking 3 (Jeff Cook)

Rhythms : Tentmaking 3 I have a wife and 2 small boys, I helped found and lead a local church, and I work around 20-30 hours a week either teaching at a local university or writing to help supplement my ministry-addiction. My wife who is just as much of tentmaker as I am, likewise works [Read More…]

Tentmaking Ministry 2 (Jeff Cook)

Many pastors in our country choose to work a second job in order to help create their churches. Recently this trend of bivocational pastors (or “tentmakers”) has become more popular, specifically for those who believe the church itself is a missionary community entering into a specific culture. Chris Ridgeway suggested in a previous post that [Read More…]

Tentmaking Ministry 1 (Jeff Cook)

Increasingly there are young leaders/pastors who are called “tentmakers”: they are both pastoring a church and working another job. Jeff Cook, author, professor and pastor — and tentmaker — begins a new series for us. Another term for such folks is that they are bi-vocational. From Jeff Cook: Tentmakers – Part 1 One of the [Read More…]