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Author Dennis Bickers

Dennis Bickers is a church consultant and author. He served previously as the bivocational pastor of Hebron Baptist Church near Madison, Indiana, for 20 years followed by a 14-year ministry as a resource minister with the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky.

One third of all seminary graduates in 2017 were planning to enter bivocational ministry. The news offers hope to thousands of smaller churches who struggle to find seminary-trained leadership to serve their churches. […] Read More

The ministry can be lonely. It can become even lonelier when ministers battle emotional and mental illnesses, such as depression. During those times, ministers cannot afford to cut themselves off from those who can help them. […] Read More

Many bivocational ministers want theological education but can’t see how to pursue it with the time they must also devote to their ministries, careers and families. Today, they have more options to earn a degree on their schedule. […] Read More

Many churches are now transitioning from having a fully funded pastor to a bivocational pastor. Such transitions often fail because of unrealistic expectations placed on the pastor. Here are 3 of the most common ones. […] Read More

Many pastors work as if they are indispensable, and their families and their health suffer. If they burn out, they will be of no value to their ministries or the Lord. […] Read More

I met with many pastor search teams to help them in that process while serving as an area resource minister. The majority of the churches in my area were smaller churches, and many of them were looking for bivocational leadership. One of the things that often hindered their search was the expectations they had of […] Read More

Is your congregation engaged in “purple cow ministries”? In 2002, Seth Godin published his best-selling book, “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.” This marketing book emphasized that to be successful it was important to stand out. When all the cows are brown, it becomes pretty boring, and people stop noticing. However, if you […] Read More

The declining number of folks from the Builder Generation will have a significant impact on local churches over the next decade. Local churches and denominations have talked for a long time about the overwhelming numbers of senior adults that make up our congregations. Many churches have focused a significant portion of their ministry toward their […] Read More

I served as the bivocational pastor of a church in my hometown for 20 years. After being called as a resource minister with the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky, I worked with numerous bivocational churches. Prior to retiring from that role, we began to see a number of churches and pastors shift from […] Read More

Lack of communication is often a leading issue in church conflicts. As a resource minister for American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky, I was occasionally called in to address church conflict. While there were many reasons for the various conflicts, communication shortcomings were usually uncovered. So many times people would tell me that there […] Read More