Through the years, every other child at the churches I have been a part of have asked me the same question? Where do you work? I love the look on their faces, when I say, “Here.” Their eyes grow big, they are puzzled, “You work at church? What do you do here?”
I love the innocence of their question and their attempt to understand the adult world.
Occasionally, I get a similar question from adults. Last week, I was talking with a salesman, he was showing us a picture of his girlfriend and described how they met on a mission trip. Amy mentioned that their similar focus on serving God was a good start to a relationship, and brought up that I am a preacher and that I counsel couples to share a common faith in God.
“You’re a preacher?” He asked with a look of surprise on his face. (Why does everyone seemed shocked when they ask me that?) “Is that your only job?”
This was not the first time I have been asked that question, nor will it be the last. But allow me to answer.
Yes, I am a preacher, and yes that is my fulltime job.
The questions behind the question is, “What do you do all day? You can’t just preach for a living, can you? After all if you count Bible classes and two worship assemblies on Sunday you are only working 4 hours a week, that’s quite a gig!”
In all candor, at Central Sunday evening is only 3o minutes long and I don’t teach regularly on Sunday mornings, so technically that is 2.5 hours . . .
But what is a typical day in the life of a preacher like? That is what you want to know. That is why you asked the question. I don’t really know what I typical day is like for a preacher. I am not sure there is a typical day. Every day has it’s own challenges and schedules and each preacher does things differently and each congregation has different expectations. I can only answer for me.
Here is my day
- 7:00 – 7:15 AM – Arrive at building / study.
- 7:15 – 7:30 AM – Outline this blog
- 7:30 – 8:30 – Write, edit, and post this blog.
- Friday – post sermon teaser video
- 8:30 – 10:30 – Work on sermon(s) for Sunday
- Monday – Outline Sunday AM Sermon
- Tuesday – Edit AM sermon, outline PM Sermon
- Thursday – Put AM sermon on YouVersion
- Friday – Review sermons
- 10:30 – 11:30 – Study
- Monday – Tuesday – Work on Wednesday Bible Class
- Thursday – Friday Finalize PM sermon / LIFE Group Lessons
- 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch (often at desk so I can study)
- 12:30 until done
- More study time
- Editing and finalizing sermons
- Thursday record video teaser for Sunday morning sermon
- Visit hospitals, make phone calls, catch – up on emails, visit rehab / nursing homes / assisted living.
Almost daily there are callers looking for help financially or spiritually. There are people who drop by as they are working on ministry projects. I also chair a committee for Indian Creek Youth Camp, I work with a campus minster, a youth minister, deacons, and elders to help plan and carry out special activities for the congregation and community.
I LOVE what I do.
Thanks for asking.