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SATURDAY, JUL 13, 2013  |  11 comments  |  1 commentary
How Many Hours Does a Pastor Work Each Week?

It is one of the most unpredictable jobs one could have. There will be weeks when there won't be much taking place out of the ordinary, and the pastor will work a "mere" 40 to 45 hours. There will be other weeks filled with meetings, emergency hospital calls, a wedding, two funerals, and line of members waiting to see the pastor. That workweek could total 80 hours.

So we surveyed pastors on Twitter and asked them a simple question: How many average hours do you work a week, including sermon preparation? Though we asked for an average, most responded with a range. We thus took the midpoint of the range they submitted. We also asked this question only of fulltime vocational pastors. ...


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News Item7/15/13 10:15 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
John for JESUS wrote:
I have read articles where pastors complained about their hours and I've heard many complain about the pay, so that's why I said why moan about it. Especially if they don't delegate some of the responsibilities to others. I don't claim to know all they do but I don't notice them doing much more than preaching and some do counseling and visitations. I'd be interested to hear all the other things they have to do. It doesn't seem that hard to me, just saying, and it doesn't mean I want to do it.
J4J, again I would suggest that you take the time to talk to your pastor, he could probably give you insights that us lay people would not have. You have to think of pastors/elders as CEO's they have ultimate responsibility to answer to God for the ministry with which He has entrusted them. I would suggest from this site a series by Al Martin on the anatomy of a man of God.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakerWithinSource=&subsetCat=&subsetItem=&mediatype=&includekeywords=&exactverse=&keyword=Albert_N._Martin&keyworddesc=Albert+N.+Martin&currsection=sermonsspeaker&AudioOnly=false&SpeakerOnly=true&keywordwithin=anatomy+of+a+man+of+God+&x=0&y=0

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News Item7/15/13 9:57 AM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
I have read articles where pastors complained about their hours and I've heard many complain about the pay, so that's why I said why moan about it. Especially if they don't delegate some of the responsibilities to others. I don't claim to know all they do but I don't notice them doing much more than preaching and some do counseling and visitations. I'd be interested to hear all the other things they have to do. It doesn't seem that hard to me, just saying, and it doesn't mean I want to do it.
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News Item7/15/13 9:36 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
John for JESUS wrote:
Then why moan about it? I hope there aren't pastors fudging the numbers for tax purposes or something. I know pastors and servants are very important, but I just feel uncertain about them working 80's a week, etc. Do pastor conferences in Hawaii count as hours worked?
Seems strange to agree with SteveR. You belong to a big church,J4J, ask Dr. Hunt how many hours he puts in a week. If you think sermon preparation is easy, give it a go. I doubt many pastors going to conferences in Hawaii(except maybe preachers who live there)and yes that would be more than just a vacation. Many pastors have to supplement their income with working another, sometimes, full-time job, you really should rethink your stance. When most of us leave our jobs we don't deal with it again until the next day, we don't have to be concerned that we are going to be called away to deal with a crisis. A pastor wears many hats, filling the pulpit to preach messages is only one aspect of his work.
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News Item7/15/13 8:33 AM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
John for JESUS wrote:
Then why moan about it? I hope there aren't pastors fudging the numbers for tax purposes or something. I know pastors and servants are very important, but I just feel uncertain about them working 80's a week, etc. Do pastor conferences in Hawaii count as hours worked?
No one is moaning, let let alone cheating on taxes over this

I think you either misunderstood the article, or misunderstand the responsibilities of those called on to be Pastors

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News Item7/14/13 5:14 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
SteveR wrote:
Sure he could delegate that work out, but he doesnt. Pastors dont have to work 50+ hrs/wk, they do so because they want to.
Then why moan about it? I hope there aren't pastors fudging the numbers for tax purposes or something. I know pastors and servants are very important, but I just feel uncertain about them working 80's a week, etc. Do pastor conferences in Hawaii count as hours worked?
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News Item7/14/13 3:38 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
John for JESUS wrote:
These hours don't seem real world to me. If your church is big then he has deacons and assistant pastors to help with a lot of that stuff. If your church is small then he probably has less people to visit or counsel.
Sure he could delegate that work out, but he doesnt. Pastors dont have to work 50+ hrs/wk, they do so because they want to.
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News Item7/14/13 3:29 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
SteveR wrote:
My pastor can can easily spend
10 hours week at the hospital, visiting nursing homes and shut ins
10 hours on confirmation class, new member meetings and 2 Bible studies
10 hours on missions & various church business
10 hours counseling and home visits
10 hours Sermon(s) prep
Saturday weddings
Sunday Worship
50-70 hrs/wk on a slow week. We are Blessed with an excellent Pastor, and I would guess he labors 70+hrs every week for us. He would give up sleep if we asked him...he is that special
but a lazy Pastor could get by with only 30 hrs/wk
These hours don't seem real world to me. If your church is big then he has deacons and assistant pastors to help with a lot of that stuff. If your church is small then he probably has less people to visit or counsel.
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News Item7/14/13 3:10 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
John for JESUS wrote:
Do pastors really have it that bad? Most put together a sermon or two during the week and then preach them on Sunday for a few hours. What am I missing? The conferences and such are just unnecessary extras usually in nice locations.
My pastor can can easily spend
10 hours week at the hospital, visiting nursing homes and shut ins
10 hours on confirmation class, new member meetings and 2 Bible studies
10 hours on missions & various church business
10 hours counseling and home visits
10 hours Sermon(s) prep
Saturday weddings
Sunday Worship
50-70 hrs/wk on a slow week. We are Blessed with an excellent Pastor, and I would guess he labors 70+hrs every week for us. He would give up sleep if we asked him...he is that special

but a lazy Pastor could get by with only 30 hrs/wk

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News Item7/14/13 12:48 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Do pastors really have it that bad? Most put together a sermon or two during the week and then preach them on Sunday for a few hours. What am I missing? The conferences and such are just unnecessary extras usually in nice locations.
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News Item7/13/13 2:59 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
If I remember correctly-- Gil of Indian Hills Community Church said if any of the pastoral staff wasn't putting in more than 40 hour week, they were slacking off! It is hard when you only have one pastor. However, elders can take up jobs, so that other calls on a pastor's time don't take time away from sermon preparation.
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News Item7/13/13 2:51 PM
Renwick  Find all comments by Renwick
Perhaps they take on too much "social work" which should be handled by the other elders?
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