It’s been interesting. I’ve been a pastor for 10 years. In all this time I’ve always been bi-vocational. You can read about that in other places on my blog.  During that time I’ve come to the realization that two things are (generally) true:

  1. In the traditional / established church world you aren’t a “real pastor” unless you are paid full-time by the church.
  2. In the church planting, missional, emerging (whatever words you want to use here) world you aren’t totally legitimate unless you are bi-vocational.

Why don’t we just go ahead and say that neither of these assumptions are healthy.

There is a time and place for full-time paid pastors. There is a time and place for part-time paid pastors.

Neither one is more spiritual than the other.

That is all.