Developing a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board
Michael Dale Lee D.Min.
The purpose of this project was to develop a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB). The project director based the process on Hugh Townsend’s Set the Journey: a Strategy Development Model for Associations. The director enlisted a team composed of Baptist leaders – Both bivocational and fully-funded – from across the state. The primary goals of the process were to: (1) create a “Bivocational Pastors Profile,” (2) determine “best practices” within other state Baptist Conventions, (3) develop a finalized strategy, and (4) present the strategy to appropriate leadership for both approval and affirmation in order to proceed with implementation, albeit outside the scope of the actual project. The project relied on survey data and a professional strengths inventory together with focus groups composed of pastors and spouses at six regional Dialogue Dinners. The team merged accumulated data along with practices of various state Baptist conventions in order to arrive at a proposed strategy addressing three primary needs: (1) developing relationships between bivocational pastors and Baptist entities, (2) strengthening ministry marriages and families, and (3) developing the spiritual discipline of prayer.
Degree Granting Institution
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
Reggie Ogea Ph.D.
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