Becoming “Bi-Vocational” Saved My Ministry

This is a guest post by Doug Black Jr. He is a bi-vocational minister in the Philadelphia area and really passionate about making disciples where ever he goes! check him out at http://www.heyitsdoug.com

I was in youth ministry for years, reaching a group of students that (was supposed to be) between grades 7-12. These were amazing students, and many of them are still following Christ to this day, some thanks to us and some in spite of us. These students were reaching their friends at their lunch tables, giving testimonies and reports in classes, and becoming leaders in our growing little church.

And I was sitting in an office, wondering what to do while they were in school. Sure, I would prepare events and message. I would do some administrative stuff. But, I had a devastating hunger for more: making disciples where there were none, seeing ministry happened like Jesus did it, connecting with students, teachers and school events.

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Video: What A.P.E.s Can Learn From Wolves

My friend Gibby passed this along to me and it’s a fascinating video about wolves and what happend to Yellowstone when they intruded them in 1995. It’s remarkable the change they brought on almost every level.

A great question to ask, “What if we we re-introduced apostles, prophets, evangelists back into our ministry?”

What could it do to the ecosystem of the church?

Evangelism: Who’s Job Is It Anyways?

This week, in an effort to let people know about my evangelism book, Beyond Awkward, different people are posting blogs I have written taking you deeper into the content of the book.

If you buy the book by Friday night, you also receive 4 FREE bonus resources from me.


Bob Roberts Jr. is one of those people and he has a blog post on his site from me about the confusion in knowing the role of Holy Spirit and our own role in evangelism.

If you are anything like me then you struggle with this tension too: Who is supposed to make things happen in evangelism, God or me?

When it comes to seeking conversion in our friend’s and families lives, we don’t want to be annoying and pushy, but we don’t want to sit back and wait forever either. Some of us are more temperamentally on the side of things that says, “I need to make something happen” while others of us are more the “If its going to happen then God is going to do it”.

But effective evangelism is more nuanced and partnered than this. Both statements above assume a black or white reality when God is inviting us into the blended.

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A few years back while sitting in a café with a student trying my best to persuade him of the reality of Jesus and that He is in fact God, I became incredibly frustrated as he said to me, “Beau, I don’t care if this is true or not, I want to know if Jesus works?”

This comment both perplexed and opened up a whole new way for me to see how to reach people that are more “experienced based”.

If you would like to see what God showed me about reaching experience – based people, then read the rest of my post over on Linson Daniel’s blog. He was gracious enough to host me this week and help spread the word about my book being released and the 4 FREE bonuses I am offering just this week.

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Evangelism: Awkwardly Silent or Awkwardly Zealous?

If you buy Beyond Awkward this week, you get 4 FREE bonuses!

When it comes to sharing our faith most of us tend to be awkward – either awkwardly silent or awkwardly zealous.

When you say the word evangelism it doesn’t tend to bring up positive connotations and when you think of a person who is an evangelist, you can’t think of many if any that you’d like to have over to your house.

Evangelism and evangelists are awkward.

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Video Series: How to See Breakthrough In Evangelism

I am so excited to share with you today a FREE video series I have created to help you grow more boldly in evangelism so you can see the people around you come to Christ.

I took a day in August and filmed three videos to take you deeper into my teaching on evangelism. I focused in on three very specific questions and I really hope my answers help you find more courage and boldness to be the witness that God has created you to be.

You can watch the first video here.

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I Need Your Help

Hey friends! I could really use your help. My book, Beyond Awkward, that I have been working on for over a year and a half is about to release and I want some friends to make some videos to help me promote the book.

I am talking about really easy “home-made” videos on your iPhone. Videos that are one minute long.

Like this example here.

What I want is 50 people making videos telling a 1-2 min story of a time they shared their faith and it was “awkward but worth it.”

My hope is that many of us can release these next week when the book comes out in a fun and encouraging way get the word out a bit. If you aren’t excited about sharing the video on your social media profile, then maybe I could just share it on the blog for all of us to be encouraged.

Some ideas

  • Have your small group make 1min videos this week
  • Have your leaders make these and share them with your church/fellowship

I think this will not only be helpful for me, but very encouraging for your group you are part of or leading. What if you had a number of 1min clips of stories of people overcoming awkwardness in evangelism? That would be pretty cool to share in your ministry or with ministry partners!

Would you please help me?

Directions and an example are here. I would love them by Sunday?

Let me know in the comments if you are in! I really need your help!