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Get frequent updates Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Full-time heroes Bivocational pastors lauded at annual meeting MAY 30, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 08 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Better family ministry starts by training the parents P. 11 Hannibal, Mo. "Bivocational pastors are my heroes," said Frank Page , president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, as he addressed the annual session of the Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network May 13-14 at Hannibal-LaGrange University. "You are not alone," Page told the 55 pastors and wives gathered in the university's auditorium. But bivocational ministry can feel lonely, and can come with its share of baggage, said Illinois pastor Cliff Woodman , president of the network. "We used to think that if a man couldn't afford to live on the salary of his min- istry, he would have to get another job (and be bivocational)," said Woodman, who pastors Emmanuel Baptist Church in Carlinville. But the term "bivocational" is no longer a stigma, he said. Today there is more respect for the bivocational pastor. Men are intentionally going into bivocational ministry. Full-time ministry is not better than bivo. There is no 'move up.'" The power of one How Diana Davis grows VBS P. 13 P. 3 he should SBC IN ST. LOUIS Convention prep Messengers can pre-register online P. 3 Illinois reps Q&A with the Muntons P. 4 Invitation What are you doing Monday night? P. 4 Thank you, Ronnie Floyd Reporter's Notebook P. 6 in focus the Way go The was named #1 Christian Newspaper by Evangelical Press Association & Baptist Communicators Association Ready, Set, Fun! IBSA camps are prepped P. 7-9 BY RICHARD NATIONS Special to the WOODMAN

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