Heavy schedule.

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Bob Alkire, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Bob Alkire

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    This caused me to think, which is hard. The above is a good question, with what sounds like good thought for his pastor's health and welfare. A few of our older types and some even older and a few of the younger types have been going over this.

    When I and the others my age or older were in seminary or Bible college most of the professors were also pastors of churches. I went to a Presbyterian seminary and I don't recall but one or two who also worked at a church, but the ones who went to Baptist schools, most all were pastors and all who went to DTS and GTS were also or believed it to be true too.

    Most of the professors had been through the hard times (depression) so they felt good to work 10 or more hours a day, or that is what they said to the students, and I heard it over and over. Most of us around my age or older heard over and over how lazy we were, work, work, work. That is why so many were against the 5 day work week, I recall people saying how much more money it would take to have two days off and how divorce would go up due to the extra time off.

    I never heard of burn out until the 80's and as one of the younger guys said you are looking at relaxing as fun and good where his dad was relaxed when he was working, not traveling or playing golf or so forth. Times do change and we change with it. My goal was to have a small two bed room house on about 5 acres of land, so I could have a garden, I don't believe any of my children have had that dream, times and dreams change.

    We are a product of what is around us, even we christians.
     
  2. Trailofblood

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    I think the problem here is that some church members fail to recognize that a pastor is a human being, a Christian brother, a servant of Christ and a Pastor. Even the Lord Jesus recognized that the disciples needed some time to come apart.

    If a pastor does not take time to relax and rejuvenate then he will be running about like a chicken without a head. Some time to relax for a pastor will be a benefit his congregation.
     
  3. Martin

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    That is so true. I know pastors who had a doctor tell them to slow down or else. Most of those pastors were under 45 years of age. My pastor is in his 30s and he has some health problems. While those problems are not related to his schedule there is no doubt in my mind it does not help. He has time off (etc) but he does not leave. Over the past year he has only missed one Sunday. Even when someone else is preaching, he is there doing everything else. We hired him an assistant. While that helped, he has not slowed down. Sadly, I think his body will slow him down. It is a shame to, he is a great pastor/teacher. I don't know how he keeps all the balls in the air, but he does (for now).
     
  4. Bob Alkire

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    You could be right but a lot of times a pastor (and I have been guilty of this before) doesn't know how much some of his members work. Ask the manager of a national chain store or grocery store how man hours they work. Most that I know of around here work 70 or more hours a week. Ask the manger of a national restaurant chain how many hours they work. Ask the average truck drive how many hours they work. Ask the average retail store owner. Ask the ones who have two jobs.
    I know at our church it is those men and women who are putting 60, 70 or more hours a week in, who do most of the volunteer work and class teaching.


    Again I agree with you, but some people's work is how they relax and rejuvenate. One size does not fit all, if one needs more time off than some one else, so be it, but leave the one a lone who does not need it. If he is following the Holy Spirit he won't fall to pieces, if he isn't he is working for the wrong reasons. I know our volunteer workers wouldn't want that taken away from them, no matter how many hours they are working.
     

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