Over the years, I’ve talked with pastors about the importance of taking a day off (though I’m still learning to do that myself. . . see "Ten Signs You May Need a Day Off"). I’ve been interested in learning what day pastors take off, and I’ve learned that many take off Monday or Friday. Here is some of their reasoning:
Taking Monday off:
- “I need a rest from the weekend.” Sundays are tiring, and it’s good to get a break.
- “It gives me needed time to be with my family.” That’s especially the case after a busy weekend with the church family.
- “I need a day to debrief the weekend.” That matters the most when the church is struggling, and the pastor needs a day to get beyond the difficulties.
- “The day off helps me not to worry as much about attendance and giving numbers.” Spending time doing something he enjoys doing gives a pastor a new perspective.
- “Monday’s filled with follow up stuff from Sunday that a staff can usually handle.” That is, the pastor’s presence in the office on Monday may not be as critical.
Taking Friday off:
- “I’m going to be thinking about church anyway on Monday, so it makes sense to work that day.” Many pastors will be reviewing Sunday no matter what they’re doing on Monday. Friday as the day off makes more sense.
- “I need a day of rest to get ready for the weekend.” Saturday is final review time, and Sunday will be busy – so rest is good.
- “It forces me to get my sermon done early in the week.” That way, the pastor can truly have a day off toward the end of the week.
- “It allows me occasionally to take two days in a row off.” At least with this schedule, a pastor can make an overnight trip with his family and be back for Sunday.
- “Other staff members take Friday off, too, so it’s tougher to schedule meetings, etc.” It’s practically more helpful to be in the office when others are there – and that’s not usually Friday.
Pastors, what day do you take off? What are your reasons for choosing that day?