Home > Blog > How to Manage Your Time as a Bivocational Pastor

July 28, 2021

How to Manage Your Time as a Bivocational Pastor

By New Churches Team

With bivocational ministry becoming more and more conventional, it is crucial for any pastor or church planter to know how to manage time well. Without doing so, they are setting themselves up for burnout, and, even worse, they are jeopardizing the health of their ministry, family, and their own body.

An Unconventional Lifestyle

Hugh Halter’s life is far from conventional. After serving in bivocational ministry for over 20+ years, Hugh now spends time writing books and traveling the globe to speak about incarnational ministry and missional leadership. But over the years, Hugh has also worked as a house painter, as a delivery driver, and at a golf course, all while caring for his family and serving his local church. So the question is, how does he do it? What is the secret recipe to living a bivocational life well?

Hugh learned the hard way. In this video, Hugh shares what his life looked like years ago when he began to learn how to manage time. Hugh experienced some unique circumstances that demanded his time and energy. Having a son with severe epilepsy meant little to no sleep for many years. Additionally, he worked about eight hours a day painting houses, along with his ministry obligations. Something needed to change. After being burnt out for some time, Hugh decided to make a drastic change in his lifestyle for the sake of his health, church, and family.

The 25 Percent Rule

Hugh talked about the 25 percent rule, which says that any leader of a church, organization, or business can stop doing 25 percent of what they are doing immediately and no one will notice any qualitative difference. Many of us feel like we are so busy, but, the truth is, we don’t know how to manage our time. Hugh’s coach at the time, Bob Logan, helped him assess what he could give up so that he could strategically spend his time in areas where he would actually be able to create momentum.

A Time Management Process

To be successful at managing time, you need to have a process set in place. Hugh shared an analogy about rocks in a jar. Many of us try to pack in as much as we can into our lives with little room to breathe. This only sets us up for burnout and being ineffective. But when you are living a bivocational life, you have to be the one driving and owning your own life. Nobody else should determine what you do—you have to learn how to architect the way that you’re going to live.

To read the remainder of this article, and to listen to the entire video training with Hugh Halter, click here for the full video and post.

These videos are part of Plus Membership. To get full access to them, and much more, I encourage you to become a Plus Member. Click here to see all the benefits of becoming a Plus Member.


New Churches Team

NewChurches.com wants to help you build a strong foundation by connecting you with top experts in the field of church planting and multisite ministry, and by regularly providing you with the resources, information, and community you need to thrive as you multiply the mission of Matthew 28.


view all
How to Handle the Great Sort

Exclusive Content

The Importance of Volunteer Leaders in the Church

Exclusive Content

Finding Your Identity in Christ, Not Your Ministry

Exclusive Content

Your Ministry is Not Your Identity [Video Training]
Leading Through Preaching

Exclusive Content

Three Steps to a Church Plant's Vision

Exclusive Content