What do you do all day anyway?

You know those websites like about.com that tell you how everything works so you don’t look like a doof in an otherwise intelligent conversation. Well, I spend a of time on those sites. Anyway, I noticed that ehow.com had an article to answer the question, “How Does a Southern Baptist Pastor Spend a Workday? My interest was instantly peaked because I have gotten dozens of variations of this very question asked to me over the course of ministry. Inevitably, when someone asks me this question I look like a cow staring at a new gate. I try to answer… we’ll I pray, I read my bible, I read other books, I call people on the phone, I check my email, I meet people for coffee, sometimes I hang out with people when they are having a really bad day…The look I get in return tells me that my answer has solidified their hunch… I play computer solitaire and google myself all day.

So what does ehow say the SBC pastor does all day… Maybe I’ll finally get a grip on what I’m supposed to be doing.

  • Prayer and Devotion – Check
  • Hospital and Home Visits – Check
  • Sermon Preparation – Check
  • Staff and Committee Meetings – Check
  • Call Visitors and Absentees – Check
  • Counseling Sessions – Check
  • Personal Study Time – Check
  • Family Time – Check

Then there’s the Bible…

2) So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3) Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4) and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”  5) This proposal pleased the whole group. Acts 6:2-5

So… Let me ask you… What’s missing from the list? What’s on the list that shouldn’t be there?


  1. Reply
    J. D. says

    I would say there is a need for the pastor to be engaged in his community so he can optimize his opportunites for evangelism and networking. I think it depends on the pastors spiritual gifts as to how he may want to interact with his community effectively.

    What do you think? What would that look like for you?

    BTW…I don’t do this very well myself.

  2. Reply
    Phillip says

    Why is it up to the pastor to call visitors? or why does the pastor conduct the counseling sessions?? I know that traditionally they do that but, should a pastor assist in those things? Should the church take care of those things? What would happen if pastors started to make disciples and train them to do those things? Perhaps J. D. then the pastor could be more effective in the community personally and through his disciples.

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