Brian Russell writes at length about how Christian leaders must rest if they are to remain faithful to Biblical teaching. This brings to mind a curious UMC institution: the bi-vocational minister. These part time Local Pastors work a secular career in addition to following their pastoral calling.
It strikes me that bi-vocational ministry is inherently at odds with a spiritually, physically, and emotionally healthy life. Assuming that pastoral duties constitute 20 hours a week at a small church, adding a regular 40-hour work week is sustainable only in the short-term.
This summer, I pulled off that kind of lifestyle with CPE and student pastoring for 12 weeks. But I know that if I tried to live this way permanently, I'd be divorced by 40 and dead by 50.
What do you think?