When the Rev. Kenneth Clay planted New Creation Christian Church 16 years ago, he knew he’d have to have another job in addition to his duties as the church’s pastor.
“I was starting something from the ground up,” said Clay, who is the director of franchise development at Jani-King. “Now, it’s second nature. I’m not seeking a full-time church job.”
Having a full-time job as well as serving as the pastor of a church isn’t a new thing, and according to statistics, being a bi-vocational minister is becoming more of the norm rather than the exception.
According to the 2015 Faith Communities Today survey, fewer than 62 percent of U.S. churches have a full-time pastor. That’s down from 71.4 percent in 2010. Clay’s church is