Being a tentmaker
... because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. Acts 18:3
I've always wondered if my parents named me "Paul" because they wanted a preacher in the family. My brother jokes that he knew one of us would have to go into medicine and one into ministry, and he's "glad he was eldest and got first choice." But whether it was intentional or not I've always seen the apostle Paul as a role model.
That doesn't mean I drop everything and go on missionary journeys (although I do travel a lot in my other job) But I do follow his lead by doing more than just ministry. Paul's example coined the term "Tentmaker" to signify someone who "receives little or no pay for Church work, but performs other ("tentmaking") jobs to provide support." In my case Computer Consulting is my "tentmaking". I work Monday through Friday as a computer consultant and spend the weekend serving churches who are between pastor's or can't afford a full time pastor. Just like Paul I've met a lot of wonderful people in my years as a "Tentmaker" and I hope to continue for many years to come.'