Ministry can be very busy – experiences in ministry, pt.3

Before I entered ministry, I thought pastors only showed up on Sunday mornings and stayed at home the rest of the week doing not-much-but-taking-it-easy.  Once I entered the “easy life” of ministry, I realized that this unreal view of a minister’s life was a common misperception. The reality is that it can also be one of the busiest and stressful jobs–depending on how one keeps life in balance.

For the past three weeks, I feel like I’ve gotten through a mountain pile of work that I thought I’d never get through.  When I look back, I wonder how in the world I managed to do it.

At times, I found myself just squeeking by deadlines or going past deadlines.  When you have to preach a sermon on Sunday morning, the deadline  is usually pretty rigid–you know, like 9:00 AM Sunday morning.  If it’s not finished, well, you don’t have a choice, you have to preach what you’ve prepared.

This week, some of the things I had on my plate were canceled so I actually have a little of breathing room so this may explain my less frequent blogging.  I know I haven’t been on the blogosphere as often so I really miss it.

I’ve taken on some other responsibilities on top of my usual duties.  Besides preaching and leading the worship services on Sundays plus weekly or monthly weekday services at the local hospital/health care center/seniors’ home, a typical pastor also might have some, most, or even all the duties below, like:

  1. preparing for, and leading bible studies / small groups / youth group;
  2. teaching Sunday school; adult Christian education hour; confirmation/catechism
  3. conducting weddings, funerals and baptisms, including preparation classes for such, plus membership classes;
  4. meeting with the local clergy-ministerial group or other pastors to share, learn and fellowship;
  5. community involvement (e.g., volunteering in special-interest groups, social work, justice work,  etc.);
  6. reading books on theology, practical ministry, and/or spiritual formation;
  7. taking continuing education courses or advanced formal academic studies;
  8. pastoral care and counseling;
  9. hospital and home visitation;
  10. attending board-council/committee/staff meetings;
  11. attending annual conventions, conferences, and seminars (mandatory and optional);
  12. writing and submitting reports to your district, synod, conference, denominational office, bishop, superintendent, or congregation;
  13. volunteering on various denominational committees;
  14. plus other things I might have forgotten to mention. (Did I forget anything else?)

If your pastor is not doing all of these things, then something is wrong…Not!.  Some weeks, a pastor might be so swamped with work that one cannot attend to all of these so they have to get pushed into the next week(s) or month(s).  If you have felt that your pastor has not been paying as much attention to you recently or in the past, take a look at this list above and think about what your pastor might have been up to this past week.  Give your minister the benefit of the doubt. S/he might actually be busy doing some of these things above.  Cut your pastor some slack.  A pastor is also a real person who also has family duties/responsibilities to spouse and children.  Moreover, a healthy pastor/clergyperson must also have a life so one needs to make time to exercise regularly, eat right, and have a real social life too.  If not, I would question if your pastor is living a healthy and balanced life and be able to endure the long-haul.

Planned Parenthood Stung by Sting Operation

Planned Parenthood are professionals at circumventing the law in order to get underaged girls abortions using public tax dollars, and all without parental consent.  Who would have thought that they also help pimps get their prostitutes abortions too. The last I heard, prostitution was illegal and so was pimping.  Where has our society come to today?  Everyone should be informed about planned parenthood and about how abortion does harm to women and young girls.  I was shocked at what I saw in the video (link is below).  This is an excerpt from the Focus blog.

Everybody knows Planned Parenthood promotes and encourages abortion. But sex trafficking?

It is a convoluted and sad story:

Amy Woodruff, the clinic manager of a New Jersey Planned Parenthood office has been fired for aiding and abetting two people who posed as sex trafficking workers.

The undercover operation was organized by Lila Rose of Live Action, a youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion. Ms. Rose, a student at UCLA, founded Live Action in 2006.

When the news of the sting operation broke, Planned Parenthood dismissed it as a hoax. The video of the incident had been edited, they claimed, and didn’t properly reflect the full context of the discussion.

Yet, as the news began to spread and spiral downward, Woodruff’s employment was terminated.

What did the hidden camera reveal?

On the video, Ms. Woodruff coaches the man posing as a “pimp” to underage girls to not disclose the age of his “workers” when they come into Planned Parenthood for treatment.  “If they’re minors, put down that they’re students,” she advises. “Yeah, just kind of play along that they’re students–we want to make it look as legit as possible.”

At one point, Woodruff suggests the best place in the area for minors to obtain abortions. The implication in the suggestion was that her clinic in Perth Amboy, NJ, was too regulated, although that didn’t seem to stop her from helping the “pimp” in other ways. She offered tips on the best way to utilize young prostitutes unable to have sex even as they recovered from abortions. “[Use them from the] waist up,” she advises, “or just [have them] be that extra action walking by.”

The undercover video can be seen on CitizenLink’s website by clicking here.