Is there a certain power in bi-vocational pastors?
There's no question. First of all, we have very good company; the Apostle Paul was a tent-maker. We're out in the real world every day, not shut up in an office.How imperative is it for believers to serve?
Also, I think it gives you a certain rapport with the people. We do not have a single full-time staff member at Man Of War. I think there is a strength in that.
All of the great revivals in history began in the marketplace, not inside the four walls of the church. Many times pastors don't even have friends who are not Christians, and I think that's a tragedy.
We cannot possibly begin to express the significance of that. The idea of stepping out from the crowd and getting into the game.
When David walked into the situation with Goliath, he was provoked by the question that confronts all of us: Is there not a cause? There is. The cause is that the world may know there is a God.
That need in all of us to serve God has come out in history by our serving idols, carving out of blocks of wood and stone.
But David stepped from where he was, presented himself in service to the one true God, and God rewarded him with a great victory.Spiritual gifts overlooked?
The reason we serve is that the world may know. There's an answer, there's an antidote, there's a Savior, there's a cross.
In the book of Romans, Paul actually lays out what some people might even think of as natural gifts. Leadership, encouragement, and so on.
We put more value on the gifts of tongues, or prophecy, or discernment. But all of the natural gifts are from God as well.
Adam's gift wasn't to sing or preach; God simply wanted him to keep the garden.Outside the church?
I don't think there is any such thing as a lone ranger. Even when you go outside the church, you're still operating as the body.
So yes, all of those gifts are of use in the "marketplace" as well.