Confessions of an Associate Pastor – Part 3

Confession #3

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.

      Preacher
      Counselor
      Leader
      Financial planner
      Designer
      Interior Decorator
      Project manager
      Entrepreneur
      Videographer
      Supervisor
      Volunteer coordinator
      Cheerleader
      Theologian
      Receptionist
      Greeter
      Webmaster
      Community activist
      Writer
      Recruiter
      Life coach
      Mediator
      Drama Coach
      Construction Worker
      Strategist
      Social media-ite
      Problem solver
      Dreamer
      Yard man
      Student
      Disciplinarian
      Teacher
      Social activist
      Events specialist
      Chaplain
      CEO
      COO
      CMO
      CFO
      Operations management
      Janitor
      Salesman
      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!

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