God's people hear his voice; Jesus said,
"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish,
and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
A while back, I came across an article by Thom Rainer, a well known Christian writer and President of LifeWay Christian Resources. In it, he explored what he called the "Seven Myths about a Pastor's Workweek.” Several people encouraged me to share the article, so I’ve condensed it and offer below a shortened version of most of Rainer’s myths. Allow his words to fuel your prayer for our pastoral staff. Over the next two weeks, I will offer further advice on how to pray for them with knowledge and power.
Myth: The pastor has a short workweek. Nope. The challenge a pastor has is getting enough rest and family time. Church management, phone calls, staff and leader development, appointments, counseling, visits, email, sermon preparation, connecting with newcomers, attending church events, and many more commitments just don’t fit into a standard workweek.
Myth: The pastor is able to spend most of the week in sermon preparation. Not true. Frankly, what most pastors need is to spend more time in sermon preparation. So many other responsibilities and meetings crowd it out. And pastors, who are human, often yield to the tyranny of the urgent.
Myth: Pastors are accountable to no one for their workweek. To the contrary, most pastors are accountable to most everyone in the church. And church members often have a variety of conflicting expectations on their pastors’ time.
Myth: Pastors can take vacations at any time. Untrue. For instance, most people like to take vacation around Christmas. That is difficult for many pastors given the church calendar. And almost every pastor has had to end a vacation abruptly to respond to an emergency need.
Myth: The pastor’s workweek is predictable and routine. Few jobs have the unpredictability like that of a pastor. The pastor may be joyfully sharing the gospel or performing a wedding one day, only to officiate the funeral of a friend and hear from four complainers the next.
Myth: The pastor’s workweek is low stress compared to others. I believe pastors have one of the most difficult and stressful jobs on earth. In fact, it is an impossible job outside of the power and call of Christ. So don’t forget to pray for your pastors!