Pastors of the future – we are told – will have day jobs that involve work beyond the institutional church. Pastors of the future might be nurses or teachers or barristas or community organizers by day and pastors by night (evening worship?) or on the weekends. None but the Biggest Steeple Churches will be able to hire professional pastors full time. At least this is what we are told.
As a person whose salary is covered by multiple churches via their per capita payments, I realize that my position is not a sure thing in the years to come. Congregations may increasingly refuse to pay their portion for reasons ranging from 1) not being able to afford to pay $30 or more per member to 2) not experiencing that “higher judicatories” (the Diocese or Presbytery or District) are all that helpful. So, why should congregations support them/us?
I have had several writing projects on the burners for years now, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how people work full time jobs and also write books/screenplays, especially if they have spouses they would like to spend time with, children they want to raise, and houses to clean. My current position involves a 45 minute commute each way, and I have tried writing on the train, but then I have to haul a laptop (albeit a 5 pound laptop) for the mile and half walk from the train to the office. Yes, it sounds like I’m whining and I am.
Writing or exercise? Writing or movie with HH? Writing or baking cookies for my kids in college? These are my daily choices and usually writing doesn’t win – except for the spiritual discipline of writing these posts.
We are all looking for creative ways to balance our lives. And life varies as the seasons change.
I really thought I’d have lots of extra time when everybody went to college. But now, my commute is much longer than when the kids were home and it starts at 6:45 am. And I still have night meetings.
Not looking for any suggestions from you, but wondering about your day job.
- Do you long to do something in addition to what you do most of the time?
- Are you hoping to ditch your day job after you get your big break in writing or music or acting or some other creative endeavor?