“Quite apart from success is the challenge of thinking through the relationship between Biblical priorities and current pastoral practices. The modern pastor in America is expected to be a preacher, counselor, administrator, PR guru, fund-raiser and hand-holder. Depending on the size of the church he serves, he may have to be an expert on youth, competent on a Gestetner [an older name for a photocopier], something of an accountant, janitor, evangelist, small groups expert, an excellent chair of committees, a team player, and a transparent leader. Of course his own home must be exemplary, and he should never appear tired or discouraged since he must be spiritual, prayerful, warm-hearted, and passionate but unflappable. He should spend no fewer than forty hours a week in sermon preparation, no fewer than thirty of forty hours in counseling, at least twenty hours in regular visitation of his flock, another fifteen in door-to-door evangelism, at least twenty in administration, another ten in hospital calling, a further ten to forty (depending on the area) in ministry to the poor and deprived–leaving about fifty for miscellaneous matters (especially being available if anyone wants to see him at any time of the day or night). And then a neighbor will ask his wife, ‘Excuse me, I don’t mean to be rude, but I’d really like to know: What does your husband do the rest of the week apart from, you know, his work on Sundays?”

D. A. Carson and John Woodbridge, Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life
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