What Do I Do All Week?

You probably get this question at least once a semester. That one kid who is known for his sarcasm and snakiness comes up to you and asks, “What do you even do all week?”

Don’t get upset. I know you want to snap back with something snarky and a little condescending but don’t. This could be an opportunity to show your students an inside look of pastoral ministry. Here is my week in a nutshell:

Monday:

I come in around 8:30 am where I spend sometime in prayer for the week ahead and start responding to emails and messages. After that I always use Mondays as my long term project days. I make phone calls and emails for upcoming events. I do administration for summer camp and the upcoming mission trip. I also use Mondays as a day to meet with students or people in the church for counseling or to work on various things. Overall, Monday is my day for visioning, planning, and administration. My day usually ends around 4:30 pm.

Tuesday:

This is when I grind out my message. Back when I made my calendar for the semester I already planned out the Bible Verses, Theme, and overall subject I will be talking on. So all I need to do on Tuesday is spend the day studying, praying, and writing my message. I try not to do anything else on Tuesdays except maybe go out to lunch with a student or volunteer. Sometimes the message just comes to me and I can crank one out by 1:30 pm. Sometimes it will take me until 6:00 at night. My wife already knows that Tuesdays are sermon writing days so she knows not to expect me at a certain time.

Wednesday: 

When I come in the morning I look over my message. If I am happy with it I will format it for preaching and print it. Then I start doing all the extras. Layout the PowerPoint for my message, text my worship leader for what the songs will be, type up and print out the student sheets, look up a funny video for the beginning of the night and a serious video the intro my message. The last thing I do (and dread) is find a game. Right now I switch from a physical game and a upfront mental game every other week. I go on and practice with the worship team and by 6:15 kids start rolling in and the night begins. I am out of the church by 8:30 pm.

Thursday:

This is catch up day. Respond to any emails or phone calls I missed (or avoided). I put my message from the night before online. Every other week there is a staff meeting that I attend. I also set up meetings for this day as well. Any mass communication that needs to be done goes out that day and I prep for Sunday School and our Core Groups (Small Groups) the rest of the day. If I go home early any day, it would be Thursday. However, recently I have been going home early to a house full of students playing my Xbox One and drinking coffee with my wife.

Friday:

My day off. I protect this day. Unless there is a youth event or High School football game. Then I don’t complain.

Saturday:

Another day off but there are youth events that go on occasionally. Also, College Football is big here.

Sunday:

I get to the church an hour before it begins. Print off the student sheets for Sunday School that I made on Thursday. Teach Sunday School for an hour and then run off to service for worship. I then spend time with my wife until we have to be back at the church around 4:30 where our student drama team meets for practice and then at 5:30 our version of small groups meet. I then grab dinner and watch The Walking Dead.

My week in a nutshell. Things change if I have to preach in “Big Church” or have to travel. How does your week look? Do you have Mondays off or Fridays off? How flexible are your hours? What show do you watch that you consider is part of your weekly schedule?

7 Comments

  1. Good stuff Frank. My week looks pretty similar, except Mondays are almost completely taken up with staff stuff - meetings, lunch, etc. I have Thursdays off instead of Fridays as well. Good paradigm for YMs to work from, though. Thanks, man.
  2. Good stuff Frank. My week looks pretty similar, except Mondays are almost completely taken up with staff stuff - meetings, lunch, etc. I have Thursdays off instead of Fridays as well. Good paradigm for YMs to work from, though. Thanks, man.
  3. Good Stuff to think about Frank. My week consists of: Mondays being my first crack at the lesson for Wednesday (usually split it into two or three spots on my schedule to make sure I can come back to it with a fresh mind.) along with personal guitar practice, planning our monthly mission projects, looking for new curriculum for upcoming months and contacting students that I haven't seen in a while. Tuesdays consist of reading youth ministry blogs and articles, prayer, Sunday night prep, Finalizing Wednesday nights lesson, updating social media and our website and calendar. Wednesdays mornings i try to take as lightly as i can with blogs, articles and worship prep. Wednesday afternoons, I do the final prep for Wednesday nights (presentation, printing the lesson, last minute youth area cleaning, announcements, etc.) and then by 3:00 I am ready for kids to come after they get out of school to hang out with them. Thursday, I finalize Sunday nights curriculum and do a Google Hangout with friends of mine in Youth Ministry. I do upcoming event planning, new game research, and then contact kids that didn't come on Wednesday. Fridays and Saturdays are my days off. Sundays I try to have as planned as I can so i can spend as much time as possible with my family that day. Ohh and Marvel Agents of Shield and Big Bang Theory are my scheduled shows each week. :)
  4. Good Stuff to think about Frank. My week consists of: Mondays being my first crack at the lesson for Wednesday (usually split it into two or three spots on my schedule to make sure I can come back to it with a fresh mind.) along with personal guitar practice, planning our monthly mission projects, looking for new curriculum for upcoming months and contacting students that I haven't seen in a while. Tuesdays consist of reading youth ministry blogs and articles, prayer, Sunday night prep, Finalizing Wednesday nights lesson, updating social media and our website and calendar. Wednesdays mornings i try to take as lightly as i can with blogs, articles and worship prep. Wednesday afternoons, I do the final prep for Wednesday nights (presentation, printing the lesson, last minute youth area cleaning, announcements, etc.) and then by 3:00 I am ready for kids to come after they get out of school to hang out with them. Thursday, I finalize Sunday nights curriculum and do a Google Hangout with friends of mine in Youth Ministry. I do upcoming event planning, new game research, and then contact kids that didn't come on Wednesday. Fridays and Saturdays are my days off. Sundays I try to have as planned as I can so i can spend as much time as possible with my family that day. Ohh and Marvel Agents of Shield and Big Bang Theory are my scheduled shows each week. :)
  5. I do quite a few things. But if I don't reach out the way Christ desires, I feel like everything I did throughout that week is worthless. #GOM #GodOverMoney_AndEverythingElse_lol_nojoke ha.
  6. I do quite a few things. But if I don't reach out the way Christ desires, I feel like everything I did throughout that week is worthless. #GOM #GodOverMoney_AndEverythingElse_lol_nojoke ha.
  7. Mine is entirely different because I'm finishing up school & I''m also at a small church so I wear many different hats. Monday- Class for 6 hours (does not include 2hr drive to Cincy) Tuesday - Edit Sermon Recordings, Tech Stuff, Respond to emails, Prayer for Week Wednesday- Spend time planning my Children's Church for Sunday Thursday- This is my day for our Youth Group. Planning, etc, games Friday- Wrap UP Day- Finish all things that I didn't get done during the week. Film & Edit our Video Announcements. Saturday- My one off day! I have a Hate/Love/Hate relationship with school as you can imagine.

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