We’ve all heard the questions. What do you do all week, since you only work on Sunday? At times, they are sincere, but often, they come across as very hurtful.
He preaches the Word of God. He preaches regularly in his home congregation. As well, he preaches in Gospel meetings, special seminars, lectureships, and he teaches Bible classes.
A Preacher preaches weddings and funerals. He doesn’t just speak on these important days in the lives of people. He also assists them in making plans for these occasions.
He spends countless hours in study, research, reading, meditation, exploration, and preparation. He also helps individuals who want to grow in their knowledge of the Word.
He answers questions from members through email, texts, or face to face. He answers their Biblical questions, he answers their questions about life, he answers questions about the work of the Church, and at times he attempts to answer questions that may seem trivial to him.
He spends hours every week praying for others, praying with others, praying about the church, praying about his country, praying about his family, and praying about his own life.
He meets with elders/church leaders, he meets with families who need counsel, he meets with deacons about ministries/programs, he meets with people who walk in off the street, and he meets with others.
A Preacher visits. He visits people in the hospitals, he visits shut-ins, he visits guests who have attended worship assemblies, and he visits new people to the community.
He spends time with young people. He goes to their games, he attends their recitals, and he goes to their events at school.
A Preachers worries, he weeps, he expresses concern, he helps solve problems, and he thinks about how the Church can do better.
A Preacher promotes, he dreams, he encourages, he plans, he supports, and he offers help in a hundred more ways.
If you are not a Preacher, or don’t know one, you may not think a Preacher does very much. If you are a Preacher, you hear someone say that, and sometimes all you can do is smile.