Three Things You May Not Know About Pastors

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Resting at officeTed was dead serious when he said to me, “How tough can your job be when you only work a few hours on Sunday?”

Without blinking, I replied, “About as tough as Russell Wilson’s job, I guess, since he only works a few hours on Sunday too.”

At the risk of sounding defensive, let me take that chance with the hope of helping you understand a few things about pastors.

  1. Most of us work long hours in preparation for Sunday. Just like a professional athlete who works hard all week to get ready for game day, we invest a lot of time in study, research, prayer, message preparation, and practice. On average, most pastors devote about 15-20 hours each week preparing their talks. Why does this matter to us? Because we recognize the value of teaching the Word and realize eternity is in the balance for many who attend.

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  1. Regardless of the size of the church, every pastor invests a great deal of his time in caring for the sheep and the staff or volunteers. I lead a fairly large church, so there’s no way I’m going to be personally available to the thousand or so who call me pastor. But I oversee an amazing team of pastors and staff members (who oversee hundreds of incredible volunteers) who daily support the spiritual growth and health of our church. Equipping the saints (Ephesians 4) and investing in lives takes time.

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  1. Some chafe at this reality, but it’s true nonetheless: the church is a business. There are bills to pay, payroll to meet, toilets to fix, and floors to clean. If you’ve ever run a small business, you know about the 1,001 little things that regularly vie for your attention. If you’ve been an executive (CEO, CFO, COO) in a company, you know the daily demands placed upon you. Most pastors, at some level, are the chief-executive-financial-operations officers of the church they lead. You would be shocked to see how many hats most pastors wear.

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Oh, did I mention the many extracurricular activities like weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, and a plethora of community events we’re expected to attend? (Okay, maybe I don’t do many bar mitzvahs, but you get the point.)


Our lives are full. Most of the pastors I know work long and hard hours, and they do it with joy. We count it a privilege to function as under-shepherds in service to the Shepherd and His flock.

Pain Fix Eyes CrossAnd when a lost individual is found . . .

Or a marriage is healed and renewed . . .

When the disenfranchised is restored . . .

Or a broken soul is made whole . . .

All the sacrifices we’ve made pale in comparison, and we wake up each morning thinking, “This is the greatest job in the world!”


“Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern

for all the churches under my care.”

2 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)

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11 Responses to Three Things You May Not Know About Pastors

  1. Kurt, my prayer every night is to continue to bless our pastors on staff. It’s a tough job, and I am one who truly is thankful for you and all pastors who work so hard to feed HIS sheep. I love seeing your smiling face on Sundays knowing I am loved. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you.

  2. I’ve been on numerous church boards. The question of how much do you pay your Pastor has often come up. There is one answer to this question that sums it up. Not near as much as their worth.

  3. And then there’s prayer. Without it every pastor would sink into an abyss and so would their people. Most Christians don’t think of prayer it as part of a pastor’s work, but neither do they realize the importance of prayer in ministry. When Moses sent Joshua to the front lines to fight their enemies he committed to sustained intercession by holding up the “rod of God”. As he held the rod high, Israel prevailed, but when his hands grew heavy and began to sink, Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses – and Joshua won the battle. (Ex. 17:8-16) This is a beautiful picture one of the most important responsibilities of a pastor which takes no small amount of time in prayer.

  4. I, for one, am so very pleased you posted these comments. It gives all of us a glimpse of just a snippet of what it takes to be a Pastor. You do such a great job of it, and we should see some of what you go through. You care for us. You Love us. You give your “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” for us. Thank you. And may God Bless you and all the Staff in so much abundance with His Grace and Love.

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