The saying goes like this: “Monday is a hard day for pastors.” I’m not so sure how true that is in reality. Yes there are some Mondays when the pastor would rather get through the day. Here are three reasons why.
- The sermon did not go as well as the pastor thought it would. He studied all week to only have the message leaving him feeling inadequate.
- The response was small or non-existent. Attendance may have been low or no decisions for Christ were made.
- The complainer who always has something bad to say, on Sunday. Or better yet, comes in on Monday to ruin a good Sunday.
Some pastors take Monday off, but someone said, “a pastor should not take Monday off when he knows he is in a bad mood.” Here is how I have learned to make Monday a great day in spite of reasons to be down. I used to make Mondays my “administrative” days. I would get as much admin tasks done as possible in a day. The problem is I’m really not all the passionate about administration. Then I also found out that admin tasks had a way of still showing up at the end of the week. Then to pile on I realized I was doing too much administrative stuff. Here is how a pastor can make Monday a great day.
- Preaching – I stopped the admin push and started working on the next Sundays message. I plan ahead. So I know where I’m going in preaching. So when I study on Monday I really have already started. What preacher does not love to study? Mondays are better when I can get ahead on preaching. I have noticed my Monday is better when I get into the word instead of administrative things.
- Prayer – I meet with a group of pastors from other churches on Monday. When I prioritize this meeting over admin things, the day goes better. The fuel for preaching is prayer. Prayer is a conduit for the filling of the Holy Spirit. Plan prayer on Mondays. Take a prayer walk around your church campus. Thank God for what did happen on Sunday.
- Meetings – Try to not have any meetings except individually with staff members. While I don’t close my calendar off to meetings, I do try to set the agenda for my Monday. Our staff does not do staff meetings on Mondays. Monday is a day for downloading and reflecting in the work.
Not everyone feels the way I do about Mondays. Most Mondays are good. I’ve also noticed, for me, I need to let others gifted in administrative do that. In Acts 6:3-4 it says, “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Pastors need to remember to let others on the team make it possible for them to stay in the word, prayer, and focused on relationships. I’m not saying I don’t any admin on Monday, but I now try to focus on other things. And Mondays have been better for me. I hope you will make Monday adjustments in your life to make Mondays a great day in the Lord.