Bobby Wood

Bobby Wood

Founder and Writer

College Means Blank Canvas

If you’re a college student or seminary student feeling a calling towards ministry, you need to be discipled, mentored, and equipped. You also need to learn more about the Bible, ministry, and mission. You need other to pour into you to help you grow in your walk with Christ and learn skills towards being a better missionary, pastor, etc. You need a great local church to provide those experiences for you. But, that’s not all you need.

 

The number of full-time vocational pastors is decreasing. The landscape of ministry is changing, and the way ministry is done in the future will also look different. There is a need for more bivocational missionaries and pastors. Your ministry may not include the ability to be full-time at your church or ministry location. A Bible degree is great for learning the Bible, but not so good at helping a bivocational pastor become a better plumber, electrician, or banker. As a college student, now is a great time to put in the effort to learn those skills and be more equipped to the future God may have for you. Here are some practical suggestions.

1. Learn or Develop Practical Skills That Translate to Business in the Future

Don’t throw out non-biblical majors and don’t consider it a waste of time to study things like business, language, or graphic design. In the global economy today, languages can offer you the leverage you need to compete in the job market and offer you skills that can be used to further the Gospel. Even if you’re unsure what your skills get you, general business degrees allow the practical skills to lead businesses and manage them.

2. Start a Low-Capital, Low-Risk Business

The best way to learn is to do. If you want to start sustainable business in the future, start one now. You don’t have to risk a ton of money and capital to start a business. There are numerous businesses you can start online or service based locally. If you fail, that’s ok. You haven’t spent too much money, so it’s a win-win. The lessons you learn from finding customers, organizing the business, and establishing operational systems are invaluable to future projects.

3. Find a Businessman to Be Your Mentor

When you feel called to ministry, a mentor is a great first step. Find pastoral mentors who can help you understand the role of pastor. Find missionary mentors who can demonstrate what a missionary does. But, also, find a businessman who can help you understand how business works. There’s a lot one can learn from those who are in the field. Entrepreneurs who have started successful businesses have a lot they can offer and their experience is invaluable.

4. Get a Job

Find a job somewhere. Even if it’s just working at a coffee shop or a landscaping business or a manufacturing plant. Even if you don’t need the money. While your working, ask yourself how this business becomes profitable. Watch your boss. Is he a good boss? Does he lead his employees well? Watch the owner. What is the owner concerned about? What is he not concerned about? Jobs teach us about business and the greater lessons we can carry into our own into the future.

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