Oct
17
October 17
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor
~Music:
~Communion: 8:30am & 12:45pm
~Sunday Church School: 9,10,11
~The Way: 9,10,11
~Nursery: 9,10,11


Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 12:45 PM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
24
October 24
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus

 

A Day in the Life of Our Pastors

6am Early morning is a favorite time of reflection for our pastoral team. For many of them it is the most predictable part of their day. “Devotions have always been a part of my morning routine as a pastor,” says PASTOR HOGENSON. “For me starting the day with God’s Word helps me focus and prepare for the day and whatever it may hold.”

8am By 8am, many of our pastors are en route to their first meeting of the day, wrapping up a breakfast meeting or quick hospital visit before getting into the office. “Hospitals are busy places and you get to know the rhythm of the days,” says PASTOR KALLAND. “Often we are called to pray with people before a surgery or follow up on an evening emergency call before getting into the office.”

10am Mid-morning is a favorite time for many of the pastors to work on sermons or be inspired by the Word of God. 10am Wednesday Prayer & Praise services are a highlight for many of our pastors as well. “Wednesday worship experience provides an opportunity to enhance spiritual practices such as prayer, in a more intimate and informal way than our traditional Sunday morning worship services,” says PASTOR CORNILS.

12noon Some of the pastors use lunch hour as a time to catch up with staff or as a designated ministry time, others prefer to use it for planning the second half of their day. For the on-call pastor, they may be planning the best way to see people recently hospitalized, working around road construction, visiting hours and family requests to see as many people as possible in the afternoon. “On average, the on-call pastor can make up to four afternoon hospital visits, depending on the location,” says PASTOR YOUNGDAHL. “For those we can’t physically make it to, we often call by phone to check in or arrange an alternate time to visit.”

2pm Early afternoons are often a good time to visit with homebound members and make communion calls. Each week, 10-15 members are visited by a pastor. “Being in conversation with people is the highlight of my day,” says PASTOR HAMMERSTEN. “It’s really amazing the people we have the opportunity to meet and spend time with ... It is a great reminder of how good God is.”

5pm While some people are thinking about dinner plans, most of our pastors are planning their evening work. For some, the evenings involve Confirmation teaching, counseling, or adult learning classes. For others, it is a good time to connect with co-workers, families, or people in need of assistance. “Pastors need to be available for our members,” says PASTOR BAKKEN. “For our youth, adults, and families that are busy during the day, we make time for ministry in the evening.” Volunteer leadership boards also meet in the evening. On average, each pastor spends 3-5 evenings per week at church during the school year.

7pm Evening hours are often filled with board meetings, counseling sessions, or often just a chance to catch up on the day’s work. “I sometimes find myself doing what I set out to do first thing in the morning, but didn’t get to it because of unexpected interruptions,” says PASTOR MACLEAN. “One of the first things I learned as a pastor is how to look for God in life’s interruptions.”

10pm Our pastors rotate being “on call” each week. So, in the case of an emergency, Mount Olivet members may reach the on-call pastor after hours. “Each evening, I pray for members that are on our hospital and visitation lists, in addition to those on the church’s prayer list,” says PASTOR ENOCH. “By 10pm I usually am sound asleep, but I am happy to respond to an on-call emergency if needed.