The Pastor's Work Week

Episode #017
August 9, 2013
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Podcast Episode #017

A look recent post I wrote on a pastor’s work week. I took a survey of my deacons when I was pastoring in St. Petersburg Florida back in the 1980s. I listed several congregational responsibilities and asked them to share the minimum amount of time I should average in each area each week. I listed about twenty areas; but they were free to add other responsibilities to the blank lines.
I’m not sure exactly what I was anticipating. I just know that I was shocked when I tallied the results. In order to meet those twelve deacons minimum expectations I had to fulfill the following responsibilities each week:

  • Prayer at the church: 14 hours
  • Sermon preparation: 18 hours
  • Outreach and evangelism: 10 hours
  • Counseling: 10 hours
  • Hospital and home visits: 15 hours
  • Administrative functions: 18 hours
  • Community involvement: 5 hours
  • Denominational involvement: 5 hours
  • Church meetings: 5 hours
  • Worship services/preaching: 4 hours
  • Other: 10 hours

Total: 114 hours/week

Some commenters on the post asked about another pastoral duty that was not covered in the survey: weddings and funerals. So in the podcast we touched on that as well as whether or not payments for those services should be included in a pastor’s compensation package.

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