Bi-vocational pastors juggle work, family and ministry to reach others for Christ

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, July 4 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Not every church has the budget to pay a full-time pastor or staff. In fact, most churches have a "bi-vocational" or lay pastor who works a full-time job and is in full-time ministry also. Between managing a church and guiding a congregation, bi-vocational pastors must also work their jobs and care for their families as usual, putting a burden on their time and energy. However many consider it the double-duty a necessary sacrifice they are willing to make for their calling to reach their communities for the message of the gospel.

Pusey Losch begins his day in God's Word. Like many men who make a living with their hands, he seeks spiritual preparation for the mental and physical challenges his workday presents.

Losch is a painting contractor -- owner/operator -- starting his business 32 years ago after seeing an opportunity while laboring as a carpenter in rural Pennsylvania.

"I started building houses to make a living," said Losch. "I did that until I figured out I could make a better living with a bucket of paint than a stack of 2X4s."

While some working men eschew Facebook, Losch checks it regularly. He isn't worried about his status he's checking on his flock.

Losch is one of the many bivocational pastors serving congregations across the Southern Baptist and Canadian National Baptist conventions. According to data reported in the Annual Church Profile, some 8,000 pastors and associate pastors report being bivocational. Even more bivocational ministers serve as student pastors, worship leaders and in other roles. Losch joins men like adjunct professor Martinez "Tez" Andrews and engineer Carlos Soca who work more than 40-hour weeks at their day jobs, give spiritual leadership to their churches and remain engaged in the lives of their families.

Read more about bi-vocational pastors on The Baptist Pres.

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