Bivocational Pastors Luncheon at the 2018 BCNM Annual Meeting

Several New Mexico bivocational pastors attended the BCNM’s Bivocational Pastors' Luncheon at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Attending were, left to right (back row) Beau Lamb, second vice president of the BCNM; Juan Francisco Lopez, pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai, Las Cruces; Diana Lopez; Frank Shope, western area missionary for the BCNM; Roy Denton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Vaughn; (middle row) Tar Henderson, smaller membership and rural church consultant for the BCNM; Melissa Lamb, president of New Mexico WMU; a guest from Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai; (front row) Elaine Henderson; another guest from Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai; Amy Denton; Diane Petty; and Trent Petty, pastor of Tyrone Community Fellowship.

CLOUDCROFT (BNM) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico will host its 2019 Bi-Vocational Pastor's and Family Retreat August 2-4 at Sivells Baptist Camp and Retreat Center.

This year’s theme - “let your light shine” - was prompted by Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

According to the BCNM’s Evangelism and Discipleship Team, which is organizing the event, “The world desperately needs to see the people of God being the ‘salt’ and ‘light’ that Jesus has called Christians to be. This verse is a great reminder to the bi-vocational pastors across New Mexico who are so faithful day in and day out that they are making a difference and challenges them to continue ‘letting their light shine’ so that God will be glorified.”

Gary Chapman, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Lovington, attended the 2018 Bi-vocational Pastor's Retreat. In a written statement to the Baptist New Mexican, Chapman said that his favorite part of the retreat was sharing his experience with other bi-vocational pastors and hearing their stories, which allowed him to recognize that he was not alone in his struggles. 

According to Chapman the retreat provided him with the tools he needed to address an overbooked pastoral schedule by learning to “become focused, be deliberate and train others to lead,” he said. 

“I’m planning to attend this year’s retreat, because I’ve already made connections, and I want to share how God has moved in the congregation at Trinity during this last year. I never would have opened up with my congregation about my schedule, if I did not attend the bi-vocational retreat. And, I want everyone to know this helped everyone in our congregation,” Chapman said. “Getting support from and advice from others who have been walking the same path is not only encouraging, but needed. I would encourage other bi-vocational pastors, who have not attended a retreat, to join us. What better opportunity will you have to see iron sharpen iron?”

The retreat’s cost is $50 for an individual, $75 for a couple or $100 for a family. All retreat participants will receive two nights of “hotel-style lodging” and five meals. The rest of the retreat’s cost is made possible by churches’ Cooperative Program giving. 

Register at For more information, interested persons are encouraged to contact EDT Ministry Assistant Cheryl Vaughn at 505-924-2314 or

Tar Henderson Headshot 2018

Tar Henderson is team leader for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Evangelism and Discipleship Team as well as the BCNM’s smaller membership and rural church consultant. He and his team plan and host the Bi-Vocational Pastor’s and Family Retreat. 

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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