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The future is bright

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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All good things are not possible if all good things are not tried

The co-vocational congregation has a unique responsibility and opportunity to see communities influenced towards Jesus, as they deliberately work together with their co-vocational or multi-income pastor and leadership team. I propose there are significant insights that we can bring together, healthy markers: practices and relational processes that can be focused on to help a United States (US) congregation be outrageously successful in their community.

To help you get my drift

My name is Steve Wingate. I am blessed to be married to Pam, father of Andrea; gpa of Liam, Nora, and Jaxson.

Vocationally: I have spent most of my life in small to large business from start-ups to consulting. Most of the start-ups made it past five years. About eight years ago, I had the deep sense that my vocational life was changing to pastor the poor. About a year ago there was the additional influencing sense that I am to support bi-vocational pastors, which has morphed to include the pastoral team. Let’s call them a co-vocational leadership team for a Christian congregation. I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

I usually consider myself a compassionate, entrepreneurial pastor. The entrepreneurial side is not readily appreciated in denominations, which is similar to my previous experience as a franchisee and franchise consultant. I really don’t think denominations know what to do with entrepreneurs or bi-vocational pastors.

Dr. Dennis Bickers has some good insights into bi-vocational ministry struggles. Dr. Aaron Peterson is a pastor in the Vineyard Church; practitioner who supports the “Working Priest: bi-vocational pastor.”

I am currently a staff pastor and HIVE (high impact volunteer) with Shepherd Community Center where I use my business and pastoral skills.

Education: My education is ongoing and I hope it is well after I pick up the rock’n chair; until my eye lids close. In part that is because I voluntarily did exceptionally poor in grade school.

  • University of Washington: Business/ Marketing
  • Regent University: MBA
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary: M.Div.
  • Portland Seminary: D.Min. Leadership in Global Perspectives to start this fall
  • Several church planting certificates
  • SoHK: School of Hard Knocks!

Thanks for catching my drift!

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