Some 8,000 pastors and associate pastors within the Southern Baptist Convention and National Baptist Convention report being bivocational. It’s tough work, they say, but worth it. NAMB says bivocational pastors are critical to growing a church planting movement. “We believe the only way for us to have a true church planting movement is to garnish the efforts of bivocational pastors and to train our young people that they, too, can be bivocational,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell.