Reasonable Hours

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  1. Salty

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    Recently I heard a new pastor request that church members not call him between 6 & 7 pm - as that was his family time. (unless it was an emergency)

    Would you consider that a reasonable request.

    Other thoughts?
     
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    That would not bother me. A pastors first duty is to his family, and requesting and hour in the evening to devote fully toward his family is not to much to ask. In fact I would have great respect for that pastor for making it clear that his family is a priority.
     
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    Perfectly reasonable, unless of course there are dire circumstances.
     
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    I meant to add that to the OP - Which I just did.
    Thank you for reminding me ! :thumbsup:
     
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    I don't see a problem with that at all, it is a very reasonable request.

    What I do believe to be reasonable is a church that wants a chaplain (not a pastor) on call 24/7/365, but rather than paying for such a service, they pay him just enough to get by, and he better not try and lead the church or give his input into the business. Just preach nice sermons, perform weddings and funerals, make hospital visits, and be available any time night or day, on a whim. What does it matter to them that he can't afford to even buy the books for his kid in college or set aside anything for retirement. That is unreasonable.
     
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    It isn't unreasonable at all.
     
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    Just an hour? :tear:

    It has been my experience that what most folks consider an emergency is not. If the situation does not include blood, fire or an ambulance it can wait.
     
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    My husband doesn't have "set" hours where he doesn't take phone calls but he often uses the great secretary of voicemail. I totally agree that a pastor has a right to private time and even his full day off should be honored when possible. Wait until he is in the office to call and say that you are disappointed in your husband and want some counseling. Don't call at 9 pm at night on his day off! Absolutely if it's an emergency, call!! We will happily run to the hospital to sit with you while your loved one is being cared for! We love you and want to be there for you but we also love our family and want to be there for them too.
     

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