1) What are a few of the tasks that you find tedious/energy sucking in your ministry position? Please note I said 'tasks' not people :)
Come around February every year I have to fill out the dreaded Parochial Report. Is there a pastor that enjoys that? I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it. Number numbers numbers swimming in my head and they never come out right. It doesn't help that no treasurer has ever done his/her report the way the form asks.
It used to make me cry until one day I called up a synod treasurer and asked if they checked if my numbers were correct. "No" he answered like I'm stupid ~ "All we have is what you give us. Oh so I could like, make up a number and nobody would know?
Ever since then it's been much less stressful because I make up numbers. They are close so the ELCA is getting good picture. But it's a made up number.
2) Is there anything you could do to make one of them better?
Yea. Have the secretary or treasurer do it like I hear happens in some churches.
3) What are a few of the tasks that you find energizing in ministry?
I just love to teach--especially people that want to learn. Nothing gives me a buzz like hearing "Oh gee pastor, nobody ever explained it like that before. That really makes sense"
I like teaching confirmation unless I get one of those classes where they just stare at me blank eyed. I'd rather have kids talking and asking crazy off the wall questions and poking each other than the glassy eyed stares. Fortunately I have had more of the talking crazy questions spitball throwing classes than the dreaded silent ones.
4) If given a quarterly spiritual day, how would you want to spend it?
I would go to a Benedictine retreat center, read those books that I can't read at night (my usual reading time) because they are too deep and they put me to sleep, walk a labyrinth, eat delicious healthy bread made by nuns and sing the Psalms with them.
5) If given a quarterly spiritual day, how would you actually spend it?
No really I'd do that if I could. If I couldn't, I'd read a couple of chapters of my deep book and then take a nap.
BONUS: What would your Dream Ministry job include?
Adults excited about a church history class.