Sunday is relentless. It never fails to either sneak up on the small church pastor or arrive just in time. Either way a pastor has to be, is supposed to be, . . .okay, is rarely adequately prepared for Sunday. Its not that pastors don’t try to prepare, its just that every Sunday seems filled with shock and awe after six days of shock and awe. How does a pastor prepare himself to preach, administrate the surprise air conditioning problem, deal with someone’s “brand new idea” about how to reach more people for Sunday School, teach in place of the missing Sunday School teacher, counsel with a wayward teen (with Biblical accuracy), and listen to five different complaints that range from dissatisfaction over the bulletin cover to some sister’s outrage over the kid who colored the front of the hymn book red?
Sunday is relentless! By the time many small church pastors stand in the pulpit to do the job God called them to do they have also been the church counselor, youth minister, outreach director, complaint department, administrator, children’s minister, and education director. Before they step foot in the church these men have also been daddies, husbands, and fix-it-up men.
While the pastor tries to be all things to all people, he knows Sunday is coming. It looms over his head as he is pulled away from the study of God’s Word again and again to take care of this, that, and the other. The truth of the matter is that, unless the pastor pulls all that stuff off with a smile on his face, he jeopardizes the success and tenure of his pastorate.
Sunday is relentless! It comes. . . ready or not. Even more relentless than the coming of Sunday is the relentlessness of the call of God to “Preach the Word”. Pastors will continue to wear all the hats people put on their heads because they can’t wait to stand behind that pulpit and say. . . “Thus saith the Lord”. They will continue to be 10 people rolled up into one, live on the edge of poverty, and pay the high price of ministry because they are called to preach the Word and love God’s people.