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Guiding Bivocational Ministers Through the Tax Maze

Special considerations for ministers who also work outside the church.

Guiding Bivocational Ministers Through the Tax Maze

Vince Stover left a full-time pastor's job in 2014 and moved 250 miles with his wife, Katie, to a city where the couple didn't know a soul. He found a job in insurance sales and planted Bible Pathway Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The couple started a family, welcoming sons Brett and Camden.

Yet it was the prospect of filing his annual tax return—for the first time as a bivocational pastor—that kept him awake some nights.

"I was scared to death," said Stover, who still pastors Bible Pathway but now sells advertising and programming time for a local radio station. "I had been a pastor before, and we did our taxes ourselves. But I knew there was a lot more involved now." So, he and his wife, Katie, sought help from a qualified accountant.

As a bivocational minister, Stover is far from alone. Around one-third of all pastors have a job outside of ...

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  • March 16, 2018

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