Barry McWilliams - Pastoral experience: 1975 - 2005

Including Twenty five Years of"Tent making" (self supported ministry, see below)


Why "bi-vocational ministry?"?

I pursued the call to ministry through college and seminary, but entered into two pastoral situations without adequate experience. Twice "burned", but sensing the call to minister God's Word - I made the decision to support my family in secular employment, while "volunteering" my training and gifts in a congregation that could barely support its pastor. For the last twenty-four years I have supported my family working for Safeway, the national grocery store chain as a checker and grocery clerk. This kind of part time self-supporting ministry is not easy and has clear limitations, but is biblical. (Acts 18:3; 20:34; 1 Cor 9:15; 1 Th 2:9; 2 Th 3:8). In Jesus' day most Rabbi's worked for their living in various trades. It has given me freedom and opportunity to discover, nurture and develop my unique gifts, and use them faithfully in serving His people. It has also given me many years of valuable pastoral experience. My children have grown up with roots and stability. I would like the opportunity to put away my "tents" and to be able to devote my energy and talents in serving the Lord and His people full time, but I will continue to serve Him with my gifts in whatever place and role He puts me. [Back to the Top]

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