It is one of the most unpredictable jobs one could have. There will be weeks when there won’t be much taking place out of the ordinary, and the pastor will work a “mere” 40 to 45 hours. There will be other weeks filled with meetings, emergency hospital calls, a wedding, two funerals, and line of members waiting to see the pastor. That workweek could total 80 hours.
So we surveyed pastors on Twitter and asked them a simple question: How many average hours do you work a week, including sermon preparation? Though we asked for an average, most responded with a range. We thus took the midpoint of the range they submitted. We also asked this question only of fulltime vocational pastors.
Five years ago, LifeWay Research asked a similar question. The primary difference in the question was that their survey included pastors who were not paid fulltime as well. Of course, the LifeWay Research study was a scientific poll, while my Twitter poll was informal.
Here are the results of the two polls:
| 2013 Twitter Poll|
| 2008 LifeWay Research Poll|
(Part-Time & Full-Time Pastors)
|Less than 40 hours||3%||16%|
|70 hours or more||3%||8%|
Here are some of my observations:
Are there any surprises to you in these studies? What do you think a pastor’s typical workweek should be?
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. This post originally appeared at thomrainer.com.
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