• They work 40-plus hours a week, give spiritual leadership to their churches and remain engaged in the lives of their families. No, not supermen—bivocational pastors.

    Fulfilling roles in every area from senior pastor to interim, thousand of bivocational pastors and ministers serve Southern Baptist and Canadian churches across North America.

    They are the Iron Men of the SBC.

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    “Most of (these men) don’t swim, bike and run, but they are the Iron Men of the SBC. They hold down full-time jobs, pastor churches and take care of their families."

    —Tim Dowdy
    Pastor, Eagles Landing First Baptist Church
    McDonough, Ga


    “Bivocational pastors are vital to planting churches across North America. They are double-duty ministers, willing to do whatever it takes to make a difference for Christ in their communities,”

    —Ray Gilder, National Coordinator
    National Bivocational/Small Church Leadership Network 



    Iron Men Educational Reimbursement 

    • Who qualifies?Any lead bivocational pastor or SBC church planter in the Send Network that already has a bachelor’s degree and who receives the majority of their income outside the church in which they are serving.
    • What does this cover? This educational reimbursement is to receive a fully online master’s degree. Each qualified planter in the Send Network or bivocational pastor is eligible to receive a maximum of $2400 per year. 
    •  When is this available? This reimbursement will be made after completing a semester and receiving a grade of B or higher. Individuals will submit their grades and proof of payment at the end of a semester for reimbursement. 
    •  Where may I attend? Any of the SBC seminaries or Union University, which provide a fully online master’s degree. 
    •  How do I get more information? Click on this link for the application to apply with NAMB prior to registering with the school. To submit the application or for more information, please email ironmen@namb.net

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