Bi-Vocational Pastors Academy
Rev. Carol A Cook Moore, Ph.D., Bi-Vocational Pastors Academy, Dean
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- What is the overall purpose of the academy?
To equip up to 150 Oklahoma laypeople to become bi-vocational, part-time pastors in small churches located near them.
- Isn’t being a pastor always a full-time assignment?
There has always been a provision in our Book of Discipline for bi-vocational, part-time local pastors.
- Who participates?
Potential candidates often already serve as volunteers in a church. They may come from many walks of life: teachers, bankers, farmers, business owners, etc. A district superintendent must nominate the person.
- How long does the academy last?
The academy consists of six sessions, held monthly (January through June).
- What are the expectations?
Participants are expected to complete 80 hours of training required by the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM).
- How much does it cost?
$250 per person. Covers all books and meals. The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation is underwriting the academy. Before deployment, all pastors also must undergo a psychological evaluation, with that expense shared by the participant and BOOM.
- What is the curriculum?
Bible—Reading the Bible and leading Bible study to make disciples
Preaching—Communicating the Gospel in a way to grow disciples
United Methodist Ethos—What a UM disciple of Jesus Christ does
- Will I earn any salary for serving as a part-time local pastor?
Churches do pay, based on their financial ability. But these bi-vocational pastors will receive primary compensation from their other work.