10 Reasons Why Saturdays Suck for Pastors

"Pastors on Saturday" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Pastors on Saturday” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Why Saturdays suck for pastors?

  1. Pastors rarely get 2 days off in a row.
  2. Pastors can’t help thinking about tomorrow… Sunday.
  3. Pastors stress out every Saturday over their sermons.
  4. Pastors have to be on their game 24/7, including Saturdays.
  5. Pastors care about how well their messages are received.
  6. Pastors have difficulty being present with their families even on their “days off”.
  7. Pastors often have to do weddings and funerals on Saturday.
  8. Pastors visit their sick and struggling on Saturday too.
  9. Pastors experience soul-killing by being taken for granted every week.
  10. Pastors on average work for peanuts based on how much they are on task.

I know this from first hand experience because I pastored local congregations for about 30 years.

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4 Responses

  1. James says:

    I have no sympathy over reason 3. That’s just poor preparation.

  2. Jim says:

    James, from time to time it’s true that it’s poor preparation. Most of the time I would argue no. Case in point….me this week. I had every intention of finishing my sermon by Friday. However about 15 hours of unexpected hospital visitation threw that plan for a loop. Perhaps you could have a little sympathy.

  3. SPOOLE says:

    I have no sympathy. Thousands of teachers are preparing x4+ lessons per day, x5 days per week. Resources, written up plans, objectives, outcomes, marking, whiteboard slides. 14 hours per day. You just have to get it right once a week!

  4. Sudduth Rea Cummings says:

    One of the nearly universal stresses in parish ministry today is the seemingly endless round of meetings, diocesan paper work, staff supervision, etc., etc., that consume so much time and energy. The ordinary pastor is distracted and drained and has limited time to adequately prepare sermons. Some of us add to that load by following the rule of never “dipping into the barrel.” My homiletics prof taught me to always approach each sermon, each liturgy as uniquely in time with different needs from others and the necessity to read, mark, learn and listen to the Holy Spirit for each message.