There are many fallacies of bivocationalism. Perhaps the worst is that the bivocational minister is only in “part-time ministry.” No, he is in full time ministry. All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel and to use the gifts and callings the Lord has given them; not all are called “to preach.” Nonetheless, bivocational ministers are not part-time although they may give on average 20-30 hours per week to the church on top of their “secular” vocation. Another fallacy is that bivocationalism is only for struggling churches who cannot support a full-time pastor. Again, this is true in some cases, but a growing number of churches of considerable size have a staff of bivocational pastors who fill different roles with their specific gifts and calling. Still another fallacy is that bivocationals are not totally dedicated to the Lord’s calling on their lives. On the contrary, many bivocationals are very adamant about their call to preach from the Lord, yet recognize that He has not called them to do it as a “job”—they aren’t hirelings and are pastoring where the Lord has placed them, not where they could get the best paycheck. The last fallacy that will be discussed here is the fallacy that bivocationalism can’t work and isn’t healthy for a minister. On the contrary throughout history and the Biblical record, most ministers called by the Lord appear to be bivocational. The prophets were bivocational at best if not completely self-supported. The early Christian deacons and elders were bivocational in many instances. Early preachers in America were almost always farmers, school teachers, or mercantile owners in addition to their church work. Bivocationalism is how the church often moves into new communities and meets people were they are with the Gospel message.
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Ryan loves to hike, strategy games and learning. As a thinker and slight introvert with the heart of an apologist and expositor, much of Ryan’s writing has sought to build a case for Christianity for the unbeliever and encourage a faithful walk with God for the Believer. He loves to use mass communication for the sake of the Gospel and the Church. #expository-apologetics #theology #BibleStudy #discipleship Ryan knew that his sin deserved Hell and as a young boy, asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive Him. It was not until He was about 12 years old that he came to understand that the Lord called Him to more than just forgiveness of His sin. Jesus came so that all who come to Him are not only forgiven but have a personal relationship with Him (John 17:3). About the age of 15, the Lord called Ryan to ministry and began throwing open unsolicited opportunities to preach. Since that time, Ryan has served in various forms of ministry but has a particular heart for the local church and equipping Believers through teaching the Word of God. Ryan has earned the Gold Medal of Achievement from Royal Rangers, a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He has also completed a doctoral course in Biblical Exposition from Liberty University in 2020. Ryan has authored multiple books mostly focused on Bible study and Theology. Most have been self-published, while a few have been picked up by Ichthus Publications. Personal Statement “My desire is to serve my Savior Jesus Christ and glorify Him. To that end, I believe He has called me to minister to the American Church. My hope is to serve as a teaching/discipleship pastor, continue authoring Bible studies for churches, equip other elders according to 2 Timothy 2:2, and teach as an adjunct professor for the sake of the Gospel and making deeply rooted disciples of Jesus. In short, a trivocation of teaching, pastoring, and writing. My prayer and desire is that my “life message” be Matthew 6:33, Colossians 1:27c-29, and Psalm 71:17-18.” View all posts by Ryan M Marks