How Many Hours Must a Pastor Work

Thom S. Rainer has an interesting post on a poll he took while serving a church in Florida. He titled the post How Many Hours Must a Pastor Work to Satisfy the Congregation. The poll question “listed several congregational responsibilities and asked them to share the minimum amount of time I should average in each area each week.” He polled the church’s twelve deacons and found that he would have to average 114 hours a week just to meet their expectations. It seems safe to assume that if he had asked the entire congregation and not just the twelve deacons, that number would have grown considerably. This highlights one of the main difficulties of serving a congregations, it is impossible, physically impossible, to meet everyone’s expectations.