Stability Amidst Turbulent Times: The Benefits of Bi-vocational Ministry
- by Kristen Plinke Bentley
UTS administrators often attend Association of Theological Schools (ATS) events. Experience shows that it is important for UTS to stay current with the conversations which are part of the theological landscape in North America. UTS has affiliate status with ATS
Robin James Graham, UTS Director of Institutional Advancement
Stability amidst turbulent times: the benefits of bi-vocational ministry
Over the last ten years, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky (CCinKY) observed a growing number of congregations intentionally employing ministers whom they expected to hold some kind of employment outside of the congregation. During those same ten years, Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) became increasingly aware that many of its graduates were likely to be bi-vocational after graduation. Both LTS and CCinKY wanted to know more about the experience of those engaged in this kind of ministry in order to better prepare them academically and to support them more effectively.
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Kristen Plinke Bentley is Project Director of Conversations on Stewardship & Finances at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.