Religious Studies and Entrepreneurship

Posted June 8, 2017 @ 6:58pm | by Tripp

This. All of this. As an ordained person, I've been making the same arguments. Entrepreneurship is oft touted as virtuous. I don't know if it is or isn't, but it is certainly necessary. It's essential if one is to make a living (i.e. feed yourself and/or your family) in this country. Whether I am training for the academy or for the church, this is still true. 

Carol Howard Merritt recently posted on Facebook, “Instead of glorifying bivocational ministry, why don't we just call it what it is? Part-time minister jobs with no benefits and crappy pay.” Yes. Ask an African-American pastor if this sounds familiar. They have been dealing with this reality for generations.

I don’t want to glorify bivocationality it but I also do not want to vilify it. Call it “entrepreneurship” if it helps. Call it “getting things done” if it helps. But whatever you do, do not linger in the illusion that there is a tenure track position or a full-time well-paying call awaiting you simply because you graduated. No. You will have to invent new pathways to fulfill your vocation. The old pathways no longer serve as reliably as they once did. 

That’s neither bad or good. It simply is. 

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