Thom Rainer–President of Lifeway Christian Resources–recently answered this question: “How many hours must a pastor work to satisfy a congregation”? While pastoring a church in Florida, he polled his twelve deacons concerning his weekly ministry. He listed several responsibilities, and asked them the minimum amount of time he should average in each area each week. The results are shocking:
- Prayer at the church: 14 hours
- Sermon preparation: 18 hours
- Outreach and evangelism: 10 hours
- Counseling: 10 hours
- Hospital and home visits: 15 hours
- Administrative functions: 18 hours
- Community involvement: 5 hours
- Denominational involvement: 5 hours
- Church meetings: 5 hours
- Worship services/preaching: 4 hours
- Other: 10 hours
Total: 114 hours/week
The moral of Rainer’s article is that you cannot please every person in the congregation. Instead, fulfill your calling for God’s glory. Be open to criticism. Adjust your ministry accordingly. You, however, cannot please everyone.
You can read the rest of Rainer’s article here. It’s worthy of your time and attention.