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Object_calendarEvery once in a while, someone will ask me, "What DO you do, as a pastor?"

I think people’s perspectives range from the "monk-ish" (i.e. Spending 7-8 hours/day in prayer & meditation) to the "vacation-ish" (i.e. You only work 1 hour/week, don’t you?  Works well for your golf game!).

Aside from administrative duties and working hard to spend time alone with God, the bulk of my week is committed to 2 things.  (1) Meeting with / touching people.  (2) Studying.

Case in point.  Wednesday was an AWESOME day.  A day just like so many of you have.  A day of meetings & touching people.  The meetings ranged from leading my morning Men’s Small Group, to reviewing 2007 goals, to listening to 2008 ministry proposals, to reviewing the Perspectives Exposure campaign, to the weekend services.  Here was my meeting schedule yesterday:

  • 7:00-8:30a
  • 8:30-9:30a
  • 9:30-9:45a
  • 9:45-11:30a
  • 11:30-12:00p
  • 12:00-12:15p – Admin Time (alone in my office)
  • 12:30-1:30p
  • 1:30-2:00p
  • 2:00-2:45p
  • 2:45-3:00p
  • 3:00-4:00p
  • 4:00-5:30p
  • 5:30-5:45p
  • 5:45-6:00p
  • 6:00-6:30p – Down Time (a breather in my office)
  • 6:30-7:15p
  • 7:15-8:15p – Ignite Worship Night
  • 8:15-9:15p
  • 9:15-10:00p

For those of you who think this is a whine session, you COULDN’T be further from the truth.  It’s a PRIVILEGE to be able to hear people share their hearts, touch people, help people discern what God is doing, & live life together!

Today’s schedule started with a 6:30-8:15a 2008 ministry proposal meeting.  For the rest of day, I’m hopeful I must focus on study for the weekend.  🙂  The title is "Taming the Tempest: Weathering Storms of the Heart."  We’re talking about the HUGELY important (& misunderstood!) topic of child discipline.  I believe God is going to clear off some space to provide clarity, hope, & direction to families (& for everyone to understand how God disciplines US as HIS children!).