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In his thoughts on the "unit" schedule for pastors, Larry La Pierre adds an important aspect: "It can be especially helpful to have a list of duties with approximate amounts of time to be devoted to each task as a guide for both the pastor and the congregation."  In a recent interview, Bill Easum reminds us of how important it is for ministers to set a clear boundary on their calling.It is very easy to be bogged down with the pressing tasks of administration, visitation, or even" janitorial" tasks in the church ministry while loosing one's pastoral vision and direction.The Twelve "Unit" Schedule for Pastors: Some churches are following a guideline with regard to their pastor's work week.For a full-time pastor, the normal working week should have twelve--a unit being a morning, an afternoon or an evening.She said to me, "Well, Larry, if you can't do the job, you're still young enough to get a job in counseling!" (She knew that I had a degree in counseling.) Then the lay member to the annual conference spoke up and asked me; "Well, pastor, what did you expect when you came into ministry?" Then a third lady responded, "I know pastors who do more than that." (i.e.work more than sixty-two hours per week) Finally, an older man spoke up and said, "I raised cattle for thirty years and I never had a day off." The issue is boundaries and if one does not have them when first hired or appointed as a pastor it can be very difficult to reestablish them once they've been violated.
If this kind of boundary is adopted by a local congregation, it can be very beneficial for both pastor and congregation.Eventually, however, such endeavor should produce advocates for the minister and her/his family.The first step, of course, is that the clergy person becomes aware of the significance of boundaries in the ministry him/herself.Is there any way for me to know she is in heaven or not?I miss her terribly and would want nothing more than for her to have eternal salvation.