Orchards: A Pastor’s Guide to Growing a Fruit Bearing Church provides guidance to ministers seeking balance between their secular work and their service in the church. It describes the spiritual fruits that grow in the lives of people who live out their faith in small, faithful congregations. It helps both pastors and laypeople appreciate how each person hears two callings: one to ministry in the church and one to work in the world.
Author H. Dan Mullins taps more than forty years of experience in ministry to show that all servants are truly bivocational, that small churches need not envy large churches, and that every congregation can focus fruitfully on evangelizing and edifying, on spreading the good news about Jesus Christ and building up the lives of His followers.
Orchards: A Pastor’s Guide explores the challenges that confront bivocational and small-church pastors: serving as the sole member of a staff; maintaining balance between church service and secular career; gaining insight into the stresses besetting family life; offering outlines for pastoral acts; and sketching plans for guiding congregations from bivocational to full support for pastoral ministry.
If you have heard God’s calling both to serve as a pastor and to work in a secular field, Orchards: A Pastor’s Guide will help you find faithful ways for you and the people with whom you minister to bring God glory in all that you do, using the gifts and talents with which He has blessed you.