I know many people think and joke that pastors only work one day a week, and on that day literally only 90 minutes. However, I and most pastors I know put in untold hours for the kingdom…or so I thought. I actually sat down one day and chronicled a regular Tuesday for me, which is a little different from most other days but not much….
-06:17 – Alarm went off. It’s normally set for 06:07 but I was trying a new app called Sleep Cycle to monitor my sleeping habits. I average about 5 hours of sleep a night.
-06:37 – Finished checking news and social media happenings, checked calendar and emails, posted an inspiring pic and started cleaning kitchen whilst listening to preaching podcast (today was John Ortberg).
07:20 – Began personal Bible study (studies unrelated to sermon or small group preparation, one chapter in Jeremiah)
07:27 – Stopped to take blood pressure (not good) and drink maté (an herbal tea with twice the kick of coffee and half the caffeine).
07:35 – Continue Bible Study (one chapter in Acts and one in 2 Kings)
08:20 – Prayer (I use prayer cards and straight conversation with God…He hears me and believe me I hear Him)
09:00 – Posted updates to congregational online group. Responded to emails. Scheduled some inspirational posts and tweets.
NOTE: The time I spend in prayer and Bible study are the most important things I do all day. The Bible study is not related to any teaching or small group study, but my personal time spent digging into and understanding the Word of God. My prayer time enhances my understanding of everything I study and allows me some one on One time with God.
09:15 – Begin stretching to begin workout (gotta stay on top of that high blood pressure)
09:20 – Cardio workout (whilst watching and catching up on Marvel’s Agents of Shield…it’s called multi-tasking for a reason).
10:00 – Post workout stretching (and yes some Yoga…don’t judge me)
10:30 – Brunch with my wife.
11:15 – Updated a few items on my ToDo list for the day, checked calendar and emails, posted information regarding events for the week in congregational online group.
11:30 – Shower (I know some of you were worried about that).
12:15 – Began working on Digital Devotion for YouTube channel (editing, rendering, etc…)
14:00 – Lunch
14:25 – Update order and flow of the Sunday Celebration (this is documenting the prayerful consideration of what will happen in the Sunday Celebration: music, announcements, communion and any other elements; copies are provided to the Praise Team and the Tech Team)
15:30 – Bible Words With Friends Small Group preparation (prayerful preparation of items for discussion and study)
17:05 – Prepare and posting of a discussion topic in a chat room I moderate.
17:40 – Scrounge for pre-dinner.
19:07 – Bible Words With Friends Small Group
20:30 – Planet Fitness to work out with friends; this week: The Batman Workout (Google it or see the picture above, I’m at the Alfred level…a work in progress)
21:50 – Dinner with my wife (late I know but that is why we do pre-dinners)
NOTE 2: Sprinkled throughout the day is time spent checking texts, Facebook, Google plus and other online venues as I sometimes receive notifications, requests for help or prayer, etc…via these venues. In addition, I consistently view some online communities to review questions from people and to post answers to questions. The ones I frequent most often are ones regarding anti-bullying, anti-suicide, and theists and anti-theists conversations.
Note 3: In January my wife completed her degree in Diagnostic Sonography. However, she is still studying to complete two of four total certifications that are required in her field (she has already completed two of the certifications, both within 60 days of graduating whereas most do so within 18 months). So when I am working from home she is sometimes at home studying. So also sprinkled throughout the day are comments from her whilst studying: “Turn the music down. Please stop talking to yourself out loud. Are you talking to me? Who are you talking to now? Do you have to sing out loud? How is dancing related to whatever you are working on? Honey, I absolutely love being married to you.”