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Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
« on: Tue Jan 26, 2010 - 17:00:59 »
Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 1/11/2010 5:40:00 AM
A new study provides insight into the work habits of pastors in the United States.

 


The study conducted by http://www.lifeway.com/research is entitled "How Protestant Pastors Spend Their Time." It shows that 65 percent of pastors surveyed said they work 50 hours a week or more, with eight percent saying they put in more than 70 hours each week. The survey said that meetings and electronic correspondence take large amounts of time for many ministers.
 
Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research, says that means there is often less time for family, prayer, and personal Bible study and devotions.
 
"The average number of hours that pastors are spending with their family is 20 hours a week -- but that does mean that half of pastors are spending less than that," he points out.
 
"When we see 18 percent of pastors spending less than ten hours a week with their family, we know that most of them are in a danger zone there," McConnell continues. "We also see that even within the ministry that when you're spending too much time in some areas, it allows for less personal time."
 
The survey of more than 1,000 senior pastors found that 52 percent of pastors reported spending one to six hours in prayer every week, but five percent said they did not spend any time in prayer during a typical week. It also revealed contrasts between evangelical pastors and those who serve churches in mainline denominations.

http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169952






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Re: Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
« Reply #1 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 21:16:24 »
If you want to get paid like a CEO, then you need to work like one.

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Re: Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
« Reply #2 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 22:05:19 »
What's that got to do with it?  The post was about time with family, not pay.

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« Reply #3 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 22:08:16 »
The post was about senior pastors and the lack of time they spend with their families. If you want to be the senior bubba, you need to be prepared to work like one. A senior pastor is an employee, not an embodiment of Paul.

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Re: Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
« Reply #4 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 22:18:17 »
I think you have pictured too much the CEO-type senior paster that heads a ministerial staff.  That's not accurate.  For example:

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The results of the LifeWay Research study “How Protestant Pastors Spend Their Time

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Re: Survey: Pastors' families get short end of the stick
« Reply #5 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 22:46:51 »
God never called any pastor at any level to sacrifice their family for the church.

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« Reply #6 on: Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 23:53:16 »
Yup.

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« Reply #7 on: Thu Jan 28, 2010 - 00:46:31 »
My experience as the son of a Preacher man is that a lot of preachers spend more than 40 because CofC or not, the preacher man does most of the work of the church.  It ain't right for the preacher man, the preacher man's family, OR the church.

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« Reply #8 on: Thu Jan 28, 2010 - 01:11:36 »
My experience as the son of a Preacher man is that a lot of preachers spend more than 40 because CofC or not, the preacher man does most of the work of the church.  It ain't right for the preacher man, the preacher man's family, OR the church.

That's the preacher man's own fault.  If I, in training my sons to work, simply do most of the work, or say, "kid, you are too slow and are doing a poor job: I can do it way faster and better", and then do it myself, I'm an idiot.  

Too many pastors do not give/teach/build so that the men in the congregation will be as good or better than themselves spiritually and in serving others.  You reap what you sow.  The flock will be what you make it.  

It's really just that simple.

"By their fruits you will know them" = "by their congregations you will know the pastors"

To appropriate Forest Gump, "Pastor is as pastor does".  Harsh?  Nope.  It's reality.

The flock follows as it is led.  Pretty basic.

The leadership leads as they follow Christ.  Pretty basic.

That's why many churches are pathetic.

That's why many pastors are still the "big bubba", and head honcho, and spend too many hours at it, and don't share lead, etc..........

It's not only the pastor's families, but the whole flock that gets the short end of the stick. 

And a lack of crowns to cast at His feet.

Sad.




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« Reply #9 on: Thu Jan 28, 2010 - 19:42:12 »
My experience as the son of a Preacher man is that a lot of preachers spend more than 40 because CofC or not, the preacher man does most of the work of the church.  It ain't right for the preacher man, the preacher man's family, OR the church.

That's the preacher man's own fault.  If I, in training my sons to work, simply do most of the work, or say, "kid, you are too slow and are doing a poor job: I can do it way faster and better", and then do it myself, I'm an idiot. 

Too many pastors do not give/teach/build so that the men in the congregation will be as good or better than themselves spiritually and in serving others.  You reap what you sow.  The flock will be what you make it. 

It's really just that simple.

"By their fruits you will know them" = "by their congregations you will know the pastors"

To appropriate Forest Gump, "Pastor is as pastor does".  Harsh?  Nope.  It's reality.

The flock follows as it is led.  Pretty basic.

The leadership leads as they follow Christ.  Pretty basic.

That's why many churches are pathetic.

That's why many pastors are still the "big bubba", and head honcho, and spend too many hours at it, and don't share lead, etc..........

It's not only the pastor's families, but the whole flock that gets the short end of the stick. 

And a lack of crowns to cast at His feet.

Sad.





It really isn't just that simple.  Many congregations EXPECT the the preacher to do this.  They want to sit on their butts and pay someone else to do the work.  And if the preacher rocks the boat, they will be out on their keister.  I've seen it happen.

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« Reply #10 on: Fri Jan 29, 2010 - 08:53:01 »
Yeah.  It's pretty sad.  Power struggles in the body of Christ.

I've seen many, many preachers that cow-tow to the congregants.  Some of them have been friends.  I've been told by some that there's just no way to change the church.  Perhaps they shouldn't be pastors?

It is definitely a two way street.  There are clearly issues/sins/problems with both pastors/leaders and congregations.  There are clearly very godly pastors and congregants.  Generalizations are merely that: genralizations.  And it is definitely a problem when a person believes or portrays that all are a certain way....  I don't think that such are really any different than those that they decry.  Perhaps I'm wrong on that one, but that's the way it seems to me.

I've known some phenomenal pastors' kids.  And some phenomenal laity kids.  And devils of both.  Each must be ascertained individually, not corporately.  Yet that is not the natural way of things, but in Christ, it should be. 

The world lumps all "Christians" into one basket, but that is far from reality.  However, the name of God is blasphemed among the unsaved because of the bad "Christians".  And the true Christians has to deal with the fallout of it.  This is the way of life itself.  Not proper, but actual.

And if we think that we've got a lot of bunk to put up with, or to set straight, it's absolutely nothing compared to the tripe and bunk and sin and shame that God has to put up with, is it?

Good to see you sticking to the truth, Gary.

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« Reply #11 on: Sat Jan 30, 2010 - 09:31:14 »
Right now I found an interesting fellowship.  5 elders, 3 vocational.  However, all three vocational elders were raised up from within the church body.

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« Reply #12 on: Fri Nov 19, 2010 - 22:21:11 »
The pastor has the opportunity to spend a lot of time with their families . Most often  their is no restrictions placed on the wife or children that say they cant come along as the pastor carries out pastoral duties.
lets be honest  most wives and children perfer to spend time with their pastor husband or dad some other way.  When he is not working.