Podcast Episode #193
We discuss a recent post on a new trend regarding pastors. Many pastors are choosing to continue to serve in secular vocations even when a church can afford to pay them for full-time work. These marketplace pastors are a growing trend worth a further look.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Marketplace pastors serve for part-time pay because they chose to, not because the church can’t afford full-time compensation.
- Marketplace pastors often have more opportunities for gospel conversations than those who are full-time pastors.
- Pastors sometimes don’t say or do things that need to be done because their salary is tied to keeping peace in the church.
- I would say about 60% of active church members believe they are “the pastor’s boss.”
- Pastors who are not completely dependent on a church financially tend to deal with critics differently.
- Online training is the way to go for marketplace pastors.
The eight characteristics of marketplace pastors we cover today are:
- The marketplace pastor serves in churches that could offer full-time compensation to the pastor, but they choose not to do so.
- Marketplace pastors get their name by their desire to stay in the marketplace with one of their vocations.
- Marketplace pastors tend to have extraordinary leadership skills.
- These pastors have a high work capacity.
- These pastors will have long tenures.
- Marketplace pastors will be able to deal with critics more freely.
- Marketplace pastors will be serving in a wide range of churches of varying sizes.
- Marketplace pastors will get their ministry and theological training online.
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