More Than a Pastor Show Episode 5: "10 Ways Pastors Can Earn Extra Money Using Their Pastoral Skills - Part 2"
This is the second half of a two-part series on 10 great ways for pastors to make extra money doing what they already do as a pastor. In my previous episode, 10 Ways Pastors Can Earn Extra Money Using Their Pastoral Skills - Part 1, I detailed the first five ways, including:
Today in this episode I'll share 5 more great ways for pastors to create multiple streams of income..
Before we dive in...If you're looking to launch a business or side hustle, be sure to download my FREE guide: "4 Keys to Success in Starting Your Business or Side Hustle, and discover four key issues that every pastor needs to consider BEFORE launching a business."
Our quotation of the day comes from author Beth Conny:
"If you don't take control of your life, don't complain when others do."
I think this is a very interesting quote that has a lot of truth in it for pastors, but I’d like to share a disclaimer first.
Can we just agree for a moment that we’re not talking here about us taking control of our lives vs. letting God have his control over our lives?
Instead, let’s look at it from the perspective of the areas of our lives that God invites us to have dominion or stewardship over. Like how we do our work. Earn our living. How we live our lives. How we pursue our goals and dreams.
You know, in any given situation, we have choices...and, there are basically two responses: proactive and reactive.
Reactive is working after the fact, dealing with the situation that has already happened. Proactive is working on the front-end to guide and shape things before or as they happen.
Reactive is letting things happen TO you. Proactive is making things happen FOR you.
I remember several defining moments in my life when I complained about situations I found myself in, and felt completely frustrated and helpless regarding the places where I felt stuck...
Only to realize later that the way in which I responded to these situations was totally of my own making. I was allowing myself to get stuck there. I was allowing myself to be overwhelmed by thinking that if I couldn't make a major change to this huge situation, there wasn't any use in making any change at all.
In reality, there were things I could do...small steps I could take...to improve the situation and "take control" of the things that I could control.
Complaining didn't help. Empowering myself to take the action that I could take...that made the difference.
If you find yourself feeling stuck right now, ask yourself this question: If I could only do one thing this week to help change this situation or circumstance, what would it be?
Then next week, what’s one more thing...and the week after that...what’s one more thing? In a month, you will have taken 4 significant steps forward!
When it comes to a big problem, we tend to feel that we have to find one big solution. But in reality, it’s often dozens of little solutions, with time and repetition, that work together in creating the big solutions that we seek.
In today's Q&A segment I explain my love for butter and popcorn! And how my life-long love affair with popcorn led to a side hustle that became an expensive lesson in what kind of side hustle is not right for me!
If you've got a question for Rich, or a topic you'd like to see covered on the show, send your request to [email protected]. I'd love to answer your question on a future show.
Also, I’d like to thank a listener named Heath for dropping me a line earlier this week. I enjoyed learning about his new side business he’s building. And I was really struck by something he said:
“If more pastors had great side hustles, we could transform the American church.”
Heath, thanks for listening, and thanks for your encouragement and support of the show. I totally agree with you. I believe a cultural and economic tidal wave is heading to the American church. And pastors, now’s the time for you and your church to be proactive and begin to prepare.
That’s why I’ve made it my mission to help 1,000 pastors in the next 5 years to build and grow their own side hustle or business to supplement or replace their pastoral income.
How would you like to be one of them? Let’s take the next step and have you download my free 7-page Personal Clarity GPS. It’s the free resource we’re featuring today.
You know what a GPS is on your phone right? You tell it where you are...and where you want to go...and it maps out the best options to get there.
Well, the personal clarity GPS does the same thing for your life.
It helps you get crystal clear on where you’re at today in your life and work...what are your hopes and dreams for the future... the passions that really fire you up...and your skills and past experiences...Once you get clear on those things, your best and most compatible income opportunities begin to appear.
The Personal Clarity GPS is a free download. Get your copy today at morethanapastor.com/gps.
In our feature segment today, let's look at five more ways that pastors can earn extra money doing what we already do as a pastor.
When I think of a chaplain, the first thing that comes to mind is someone serving as a military or hospital chaplain. Maybe that’s how you think too.
But today there are lots of other places where chaplains are needed, and some could be great opportunities for pastors to earn extra money, including:
It’s no surprise to think that pastors, who get paid to preach, teach, and tell stories in church, could earn extra money through public speaking.
You don’t have to be famous like Brenda Salter McNeil, John Maxwell, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley, or Steven Furtick to get invited to speak.
What you DO need is a compelling message or story that impacts people’s lives. Event planners call that a “signature talk.” And I believe every pastor has a message or story like that, deep down inside them. You just may need help in getting that message out.
Here are 9 ways pastors can get paid to speak:
Mentoring (you might call it discipling) is one of the cornerstones of the church and the Christian life. There are plenty of “Timothys” out there looking for “Pauls” to help them grow as disciples, pastors, and leaders.
While pastors are always on the look-out for free help...You ARE reading this free list of money making ideas, after all!...there comes a time when we’re willing to pay for mentoring.
Young pastors, fresh out of seminary, are often hungry and desperate for real-world church experience to help them grow and mature as pastors and leaders.
Seasoned pastors are looking for ways to free up their time, earn more money, and make their life and ministry more purposeful.
And sadly, some of us will come to the point where we’re forced to pay someone to help us recover from burnout, heal after a let-down or firing, or seek restoration after a moral failure.
Here are 8 ways pastors can make money as a mentor or consultant:
It’s not a big stretch for pastors to make extra money by writing. Most of us are writers by default, anyway, whether we realize it or not, simply by writing sermon outlines, writing out our sermons, or by keeping a journal.
Not to mention all the writing we did in college and seminary or through other ministerial training!
Making extra money by writing is easier to do than ever before. Here are some ideas:
If you dream of being a published author someday, starting with a blog is a great way to gain an audience and grow your influence. And it can lead to speaking, coaching, and publishing books and other opportunities.
Can pastors make money online? Absolutely! Can you make money online doing any of the previous extra money ideas I’ve already shared? Yes! Though some ideas lend themselves more easily to online business than others.
For example, you can easily promote your funeral or wedding officiating services online, but you may not actually DO them online. Then again…the pandemic of 2020 has forced pastors into doing ministry in ways we hadn't considered before.
But you could definitely deliver your services as a counselor, spiritual director, coach, mentor, chaplain, speaker or writer totally online if you wanted to.
8 ways pastors can make money online:
While I’m sharing these ideas as a list, you don’t have to think of them in a linear way.
Think of them more in a circular way, where one feeds off another, and you can start with any one of those ideas and develop the others off of it over time.
There you have it! Over the last two episodes...Ten great ways to earn extra income or full-time income using the skills you already have as a pastor.
They’re not all for everybody. But I hope this has opened your eyes to the ways you could transfer your pastoral skills into extra income and even a full time business. Which ones are right for you? It all depends on your goals, dreams, struggles, passions, and experience.
If you’d like my help in figuring that all out, be sure to download my free action guide, the Personal Clarity GPS, over at morethanapastor.com/gps.
I've created a private Facebook group called the More Than a Pastor Online Community. I'd love for you to click the link to join and be one of the 1,000 pastors we're helping over the next five years to reimagine your calling and create the life, impact, and income you were made for!
We'll explore the biggest thing holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams, and living the life you were made for. It's probably not what you think!
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And until next week, remember that you are more than a pastor. Saying yes to God’s call doesn’t mean you HAVE to say yes to feeling stuck, broke, and unfulfilled. Let’s work together to create the life, impact, and income you were made for!