- Movements around the world rely on lay leaders who work “normal” jobs in addition to the work of mission/ministry. This helps to prevent leadership shortages caused by relying on seminary-trained or highly educated leaders. Every disciple is capable of leading to some degree. Spiritual leaders are developed through “on the job” training rather than institution centered learning.
- Pray for God to multiply Christ-following leaders in every occupation (1 Thess 4:12)
- 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
- Pray for God to give energy and strength to His children (Deut 8:18).
- 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
- Pray for God to give wisdom to His children as they do different kinds of work (Acts 18:3).
- 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.
This is a huge paradigm shift – a major change in how pastors and leaders think about supporting their families.
Pray for our existing pastors who started off pastoring with the hope of be supported by the ministry. For most this came from foreign supporters, but now that possibility is quickly disappearing, as Indian government is beginning to block foreign funds.
Pray for God to open doors for business opportunities or employment
Pray for new disciples to be willing to take on leadership roles in Disciple Making Movements as volunteers while continuing to be employed in their secular work.
We are praying for our friends doing all sorts of jobs to make money while also doing the ministry in their communities.
Some have schools and are training teachers to teach children in India.
Some are driving rickshaws and making friends with people in India and Sri Lanka.
Some have opened up small businesses to help people fill out forms, order on amazon, apply for government aid, buy train tickets and airplane tickets using online avenues in India.
Some are teaching women how to do stitching and beauty salon skills in order to help the women in Chandigarh making friends with Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs.
Some are doing translation work in their communities in India and Sri Lanka.
One lady does contract work for an advertising company in Hyderabad.
Some teach in a school or they teach music lessons in India and Sri Lanka.
Some are learning to farm so they can grow their own fruits and vegetables in Sri Lanka.
Some teach computer skills in India.
Let’s pray God will give more ideas to His people about how they can work in the community as they make disciple makers.
How about you? Has God given you an idea to pass on to others of jobs they can do?
Amen🙏🏽 Praying for bi-vocational pastors and more leaders🙏🏽
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And some are trading the stock market for a living while doing ministry. Hey, wonderful article. Let’s work together to explore new and creative ideas for bi vocational ministry.
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