The other day, I posted part 1. You can read it here.
One of the coolest things about being bi-vocational is your chance to mix and mingle with a lot of people who don’t know Christ at your “other” job.
A lot of ministers whose one and only job is ministry have a really hard time getting out into their community to meet people. They can’t find the time to attend a book club or go to a community meeting or participate in an activity outside of the church building where they get the chance to meet, and really know, non-Christians.
Bi-vocational ministers, assuming their other job is not a part-time ministry gig, have built-in opportunities to meet and know people outside of their church. They have a great chance to invest in a whole pile of non-Christians, former Christians, and ex-Christians. And they are afforded this opportunity simply because they are working a second job.
My second job is at a hotel reservation call center. A couple of months ago, I had a week-long training there that consumed the entire week; from 8-5 each day, Monday through Friday. During the training, I got a neat chance to tell the trainer that I was a minister, that this was a second job for me, and things like this. He asked where my church was and I told him. He mentioned he would like to visit, as he no longer attended church anywhere. He has yet to come, but the seed was planted.
I have a friend there who is a non-Christian, but is studying Christian theology at a local university.
I have another friend there who plans on getting married in about a year, and he mentioned that he would like for me to perform their wedding.
A lot of neat opportunities that I may not have had were it not for being bi-vocational, and forced into a spot to interact with a whole community of people we as ministers are called out to reach.