Is that your only job?

20231961_10211434066100483_9207137768633808225_oThrough 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.

And –

I LOVE what I do.

Thanks for asking.


2 thoughts on “Is that your only job?

  1. A large part of my work, Scott, as Administrative Minister, is to take some of the normal preacher load off of the other staff members. And as one of the Elders as well, I get to interact with staff, members, and visitors in a rather unique way.
    It amazes me that many truly have no clue what happens from Monday through Friday in a church office…especially in an inner-city office such as ours.
    Hopefully, you’re able to get home most days at a reasonable hour, and have blocked out time for family and for yourself as well.

    • That is why I come in at 7:00. I usually leave the study around 3:00 to visit and then head home. When my son was in school, I tried to get home when he did. I take Wednesday off during the day to do stuff around the house and Friday evening and Saturday are family time.
      B___________ (Central’s secretary) takes on a lot and having a fulltime Campus Minister and Youth Minister helps distribute some of the normal load. We all help each other.

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