Pastor Appreciation Month is coming to a close this week. While the consecration of our facility made me feel appreciated, nothing formal was done at Girdwood Chapel (although I did drop some hints that lattes are always appreciated). And, the important thing, regardless or any “month” is to recognize that us clergy-folk are most likely engaged in a whole lot more activity than the one hour a week that may be assumed…or, in my case, three hours per week (2 in worship and 1 in Sunday School).
One of the reasons clergy work is misunderstood is because much of our job can happen at odd hours…like my Bible studying last night from about 10:30 PM to 12 Midnight…or my financial work for the church from then until 12:45 AM. So, I can spend some quality time with my kids and family or go on Bike Rides or hikes during the sunny hours of the day…if there is any sun.
I know there are some who joke about the amount of time I spend writing blog post or updating Facebook statuses. But, in my defense, I’ll say that I have found these activities spiritually and socially rewarding and a tool for connecting people that I’m still learning to use. And while I seem, as of late, to spend a great deal of time in play practices, for the Alyeska Resort’s “Halloween Train Murder Mystery” and for the Girdwood Community Theater production of “Once Upon A Mattress,” these are ways for me to be involved in the community, something I preach repeatedly to my congregation.
And, yet, maybe among some persons, the assumption remains…pastors do very little work.
Well, we’ll show them!!!!!
Here’s how it’s proposed…
- Pastors or people in ministry work would have twitter accounts that they would update with every single ministry-related thing they do in a 24 hour period, from the big to the mundane.
- Obviously, details would be kept to a minimum. If a meeting is over a sensitive topic, the tweet might just be “met with parishioner” or “finance meeting”
- Try to post as close as possible to the time it completed, either by the twitter web interface or a cell phone (you can setup tweeting by text message here).
- Do this for 24 hours so the world has a better idea of the (1) complexity of pastoral issues and (2) the diversity of our ministry contexts!
- Use the hashtag (say what?) of #pastors24 at the end of the update so we can follow everyone’s work.
You can sign up at Jeremy’s site.
I’ll do it.
I know I’ll have a meeting, a Bible Study to prep for, and two play practices. We’ll see what else will be done.