Sometimes I wear hats that don’t fit.
Sound a little weird to you? If you only knew… When I saw this image online I couldn’t help but laugh.
It’s a mini miracle that Pastors have any hair at all, considering the outrageous number of hats they are required to wear each week (whether they fit or not).
Random Church Member: “You mean to tell me that you don’t get to wake up, drink your Starbucks coffee and then study and pray for 6 hours and then just go home everyday?”
Just once I’d like to respond with this: “Well, you know, Tuesday is always prep and party day at the office. Wednesday is always sleep in until 10:00am day because we drank so many Red Bulls the day before and are TOTALLY wiped out. Thursday is Wii team building competition day. Ministry is soooo hard…”
I don’t preach every week, but the weeks that I get the opportunity (though I relish it), I’m completely swamped. None of my other responsibilities go away…it’s just a matter of tacking on anywhere from 15-20 hours of total prep time based on the message (even though I know most people probably don’t believe that, but it’s true).
Trying to piece together a picture of what a typical week looks like for a Pastor isn’t easy, because there are so many different tasks that we are expected to complete. The moment I start to work on a message (which is a BIG priority), my phone rings off the hook to either create a design, update the website, take a counseling call, handle an emergency related issue, answer a question, or a request to come watch some inappropriately hilarious youtube video that Shawn wants to show to the youth 🙂 .
I have a list of all the job descriptions I’ve had to take on and wear that hat, even though a bunch of them were loose or pretty tight.
- Financial planner
- Interior Decorator
- Project manager
- Volunteer coordinator
- Community activist
- Life coach
- Drama Coach
- Construction Worker
- Social media-ite
- Problem solver
- Yard man
- Social activist
- Events specialist
- Operations management
- Communications specialist
I’m sure I left a few out, but you get the idea. It’s a good thing I like hats. Seriously, the next time you see your Pastor, HIGH FIVE him!