When people think about a Minister’s job, they imagine that Sunday services are the main part of it, they forget about all the other things that are added in during the week.
A Minister in a parish is kept busy with all sorts of things
- Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms
- Maintaining a prayer/spiritual life (talking with God)
- Organising education for adults and children
- Visiting people in hospital
- Visiting people at home
- Taking part in local organisation of the church
- Meetings, meetings, meetings
- School chaplaincy
- Preparation for worship
- Encouraging other people to get involved
- Helping others to oversee finances
- Helping to look after buildings
- Writing articles for newspapers and magazines
- Being involved in local radio
- Probably doing lots of printing
It’s a very busy and active life and well worthwhile, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. The Minister is fortunate if they have a good team of helpers, but it can get difficult to interest people in taking part. Now that I am retired I can look back on these things and wonder how I ever managed. This week’s wedding reminds me of the amount of time and the intensity that is involved in making things go smoothly. A privilege and a responsibility, but a mere part of what a Minister in post has to do.
When I stopped work it was for health reasons, so I wasn’t able to do very much to help out. However, I got involved a little bit. Then followed another period of ill-health which made it clear that I needed to take things more easily. Nowadays I am very restricted, that’s why helping out has become such a big thing. I simply wanted to make a plea for people who go to church or parishioners who use the church, to understand
Every Blessing to the bride and the groom and their families; it was very special getting to know them. But now I need a bit of a rest. And I have the gift of time to put my feet up.
What do you think are the important things for Ministers and Church Leaders to get involved in?