Tasks of One Real Small Church Pastor

When I  (Gary) informed our church board of my plans to retire, I prepared a list of the tasks I or my wife were responsible for during at least the last year of our ministry.  I hoped it would serve as a guide during the interim until a replacement was found. This exercise was an eye-opener for me.  I realized there were many things I might have delegated more effectively.  Some I had done because they NEEDED to be done and no one was available.  Some just seemed easier to do myself.  Some I picked up when the "ball was dropped".  Combined, they filled my days as pastor of a Real Small Church (60-70 in attendance). 

  • Prepare, print & fold bulletins
  • Prepare power points for Sunday services & special services
  • Select music for worship
  • Report songs to CCLI
  • Contact singers re. songs for Sunday
  • Order Sunday school material
  • Select/contact adult Sunday school teachers
  • Visitation - shut-ins and hospital
  • Arrange/promote monthly Guys' Breakfast
  • Make contacts for and assist with seasonal decorating as needed
  • Shoveled walks in the winter
  • Decisions re. cancellation when necessary
  • Communication of announcements, from pulpit/newspaper, etc.
  • Maintain church directory
  • Sermon prep
  • Prayer
  • Initiate the "hard" conversations that are part of being a pastor
  • Secure guest speakers, Gideon, etc.
  • Pass donut signup list in adult Sunday school; notify people when it was their turn
  • Pick up water for the water cooler
  • Communicate prayer needs, announcements etc. during week via facebook, text, blog, etc.
  • Change the church sign
  • Purchase office supplies
  • Arrange for equipment repairs
  • Communicate with and encourage board members re responsibilities 
  • Prepare pastor's report for monthly board meeting
  • Youth group planning, contacts, leadership
  • Youth Center representative
  • Initiated and participated in a bi-weekly small group
  • Maintain church mail boxes
  • Maintain attendance records; sent out bulletins & notes o absentees
  • Made annual reports to National office
  • Emptied dehumidifiers daily
  • Funerals  (including help setting up for dinners, communicating with Service Committee, etc.)
  • Baby dedications
  • Weddings
  • Participated in a Cluster Group (fellow U.B. pastors) monthly
  • Planning and carrying out special programs, holidays, etc.
  • Communion - Purchased bread and juice.   Prepare and clean up.
  • Mop up when roof leaked
  • Writing thank you notes for services rendered
  • Pulled weeds in flower beds when they got really bad. 
  • Participated in community Lenten and Advent luncheons 
  • Pick up, sort, distribute mail

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