People occasionally ask me this sort of question:
So, I know you’re a pastor. I know what you do on Sundays but I hope this isn’t rude…what the heck do you do throughout the week? Do you pray all week? Do you read the Bible constantly? Do you spend five days preparing your sermons and practice your hand motions for your preaching?
Yes, I read, prepare, and pray but I certainly don’t do all those things each single moment of the week. But I do want the world wide web community to know that I do pray for more than three minutes/day despite the rumors that are circulating.
I have three staff meetings every week. Yes, you read that correctly. Three staff meetings. Why? Because one of my priorities is the staff because they can do what I can’t do. My hope is to encourage, equip, and exhort our staff so that they can do that with their respective teams and ministries. Also, I need to be encouraged by them and truly enjoy their friendships.
Each week, I have a staff meeting on Tuesday morning with the Q Cafe staff to discuss cafe, live music/art gallery, open mic, and community relationships, Tuesday afternoon with the pastors/ministry directors where we study the Bible, pray, and discuss more “ministry philosophy” stuff, and an all church staff meeting [10 people] on Thursdays for more logistics/business. I also have an Elder Board [Quest] or Advisory Board [Q Cafe] meeting every Thursday evening. Outside of that, each week is a little different. I suspect in the year[s] to come, my involvement with some of these meetings will decrease as my role changes.
But here’s a glimpse of what my day looked like yesterday [Wednesday]. It’s a little more packed and busy than a usual day but it’s an example of a typical untypical day which is each day:
- 8am – Help pack kids’ lunch and prepare them for school. Eldest daughter is nervous about the WASL test which begins today but I remind her she will kick some arse in a nice Christian fatherly way. Minhee is a little ill so she needs a little extra rest. Might be the only day of the past year she sleeps in. Seriously.
- 8.30am – Drop off the girls at school and son at pre-kindergarten at another school.
- 9.15am – Arrive at Q Cafe for work and get my free cup of coffee. Extra hot vanilla latte. Nice.
- 9.30-11am – Meeting to listen and encourage someone wanting to learn more about Quest Ministry Philosophy.
- 11-11.30am – Check in next door at the church building with staff and Leah, one of our other pastors and the most powerful person in the world. Stop by the basement to peek in the Moms’ Community Group to make sure they’re not having too much fun. Babies and infants are all over the place. Quickly check some emails and realized the latest blogpost is kinda getting intense. Uh-oh.
- 11.30-1pm – Lunch meeting with DJ Chuang – Executive Director of L2 Foundation/consultant/uber-networker from California. Impressed him with pho shizzle at Than Brothers. Sssh…Don’t tell him it’s the cheapest meal outside of fastfood in Seattle.
- 1-1.30pm – Check in with Q Cafe barista. Say hi to a few cafe customers – some church folks are working at the cafe which is cool. Check email and make couple phone calls.
- 1.30-3pm – Drive to a downtown hospital to welcome a new baby to the Quest community. Congratulations to David and Chris. David is on staff as our community groups director. I initially drive to the wrong hospital campus but eventually get there. Highlight of the day…Beautifully emotional. What a privilege to celebrate with them and pray for baby.
- 3pm – Drive back to cafe for another meeting but need to call to apologize because I’m running late.
- 3.30-5pm – Meet a Quester to chat about life, work, dreams, and global poverty.
- 5.30pm – Arrive home and play hoops with the kids. Impress them with my deadly cross over and smooth shooting. Beat them handily and ask them, “Who’s your Daddy?”
- Evening – Family Time
- 9.30pm-Midnight – Reading, emails, reflection, prayer, and half hour for daily blog post.
There you go. A typical untypical day as a husband, father, pastor, chief barista, and still aspiring NBA basketball player. And one schedule amongst several pastors/ministry staff at our church as we strive to do life, community, and missions together.
On a side note, rented Juno but didn’t get a chance to squeeze that in. Also, Thursday is the one day I arrive late and stay late. Work day on Thursday begins about 1pm and return home around 10:30pm. Cafe is open till 9pm and most of staff are there late for meetings and relationship building.