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The Tentmaking Pastor: The Joy of Bivocational Ministry Paperback – April, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801090997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801090998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis W. Bickers is a bivocational pastor who worked for Cummins Engine Company and currently owns Madison Heating and Air Conditioning in Madison, Indiana. He has served as pastor of Hebron Baptist Church for eighteen years, which has twice received a church of the year award.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. It's easy to read and offers thoughtful insight to the "joys" and the pitfalls of bivocational ministry. Rev. Bickers has provided an exceptional reference tool for those considering the ministry and for churches who may be considering hiring a bivocational minister. For the lay person, it provides an understanding of the cycles churches can sometimes fall into and a positive way to break that cycle. It has also left me with a better appreciation of my pastor and I've learned bivocational definately does not mean part time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sweeneysbrazil on January 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up looking for info on being a tentmaking missionary - which is merely bivocational ministry that happens in a cross-cultural setting. It has been a cornerstone of my resources on the topic, especially since it is (1) practical, (2) explores the unique BENEFITS to bivocational ministry, and not just how to mitigate the weaknesses and (3) the only resource I've found written from the perspective of 20 years of bivocational experience (most are theories on what bivocational ministry might or should be like - Bickers tells it like it is). An excellent (and inexpensive) resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gonnerman on January 26, 2006
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If you are looking for a mission manual written by a seminary professor, move on and keep looking. This simple book shares anecdotes and pointers from a many who has decades of experience working as a minister and blue-collar factory worker. He knows what it's like, and offers in this book some very good insight for the church member who is considering going into ministry. This book focuses mostly on bivocational work with small congregations in an area where the prospective minister already lives. It does not deal with bivocational church planting in new areas. "The Tentmaking Pastor" was enjoyable to read.
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