Survey: Long Work Hours Takes Toll on Pastors

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A new survey shows Protestant pastors in the U.S. are working very long hours.

LifeWay Research found that full-time pastors work an average of 55 hours a week.

Fourty-two percent work 60 hours or more. Eight percent work 70 hours or more.

Most pastors spend 5 to 14 hours a week preparing sermons. Half of the pastors who were polled spend one to six hours in prayer each week. But meetings and electronic correspondence zap a lot of a pastor's time, leaving less time for counseling and visiting church members.

The Baptist Press reports the researchers say church members should help their overworked pastors.

"The total hours pastors work in addition to these biblical priorities shows that more of the other ministry tasks need to be shared." said Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research. "Jesus Christ designed the work of the church to be done by believers together in unity."

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