Being dedicated to the ministry, one’s family, and duties as a pastor involves maintaining a consistent work-life balance. Despite all the ways a pastor must be available to the church community and their own family, it is possible to devote enough time each week to fulfill all these commitments.
Once pastors are able to establish a good work-life balance, they will find that their schedule naturally allows them to better prepare sermons and serve the needs of their people.
A Day of Rest
God designated Sundays as a day of rest for a reason. Just like the rest of the congregation, it is important for pastors to dedicate one day a week to rest. This ongoing time of rest and contemplation allows for pastors to refocus their energy for the coming week, and avoid burnout.
Plan Time for Administrative Duties
Pastors wear many different hats in their role in the church. They should plan a day or two a week to handle administrative duties around the church. These may include attending staff meetings and developing relationships with new church members. These needs may vary throughout the year, but it is important for pastors to allot time in their schedule should the need arise.
Dedicate Time to Study
In order to guide their flocks, pastors must always continue to study the Bible and the best practices for being a shepherd to their people. Dedicating at least two days a week to study, is very important for pastors to continue to grow in their own faith and understanding. This study time will also create a space for pastors to decide upon topics for their upcoming sermons, outline key points, and write their final drafts.
Spend a Day Doing Outreach
Pastors should also make time in their week to spend a day doing outreach. Spreading the Gospel is more than a Christian duty; it is the focus of ministry. By allowing time to speak to people and spread the words of Jesus, a pastor can enrich the lives of those around them, as well as their own.
Just as pastors are called to guide their people, they are also called to be a strong role model in their families. It is important to schedule regular family vacations to spend time with their children and bond as a family. Pastors should also set aside time each week to spend solely with their spouse. Having this special alone time will build a stronger marriage, and ultimately increase their work-life balance.
Being called to a life of ministry is a beautiful and rewarding experience. Pastors have the ability to affect people in a positive way through spreading the word of Jesus and living the Gospel. Each week in a pastor’s life is going to be a roller coaster of church and familial duties. The important part to remember is taking time for rest and solitude, and continuing to study. A good work-life balance will not only be rewarding for pastors, but it will allow them the time and knowledge to prepare sermons that will guide their people in the faith.