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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
My day off. I protect this day. Unless there is a youth event or High School football game. Then I don’t complain.
Another day off but there are youth events that go on occasionally. Also, College Football is big here.
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?