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Ministerial Misunderstandings

November 16, 2007

While it is often par for the course to be considered a pastor/priest/rabbi because one studies the Hebrew Bible, I can’t remember a week in which I had people ask me if I were all three in the course of three days.

Why is it that folks assume that the only people studying the Bible are also of the cloth?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2007 11:05 am

    See, that’s so fascinating. I tend to find people are surprised when they hear that I’m a youth pastor and studying the Bible.

  2. Jamison permalink
    November 16, 2007 1:00 pm

    Probably it’s because most people think that if you’re studying the Bible you’re getting paid to do so, and for most people that means pastor/priest/rabbi.

  3. jimgetz permalink*
    November 16, 2007 2:25 pm

    Calvin,
    People are surprised that a youth pastor is studying the Bible? What do they expect you to be studying?

    Jamison,
    Well, yeah. Of course, I get paid to study the Bible too. I just have to work more than one day a week 😉

  4. November 16, 2007 3:34 pm

    Indeed. I think they expect something along the lines of adolescent psychology. Perhaps its not so much the studying the Bible bit, as much as its getting a graduate degree in what amounts to, in their minds, Bible study. Can’t wait until I try for a doctorate of some type.

  5. November 16, 2007 4:32 pm

    OK, let’s quit the “one day a week” line already! Especially since it’s also supposedly one of my days off! It’s got to be quantum….

    Of course, I think folks think that because the Bible is “The Church’s Book” and that’s where they expect people to be who are studying that book as a vocation. It’s wrong, but not wrong – it’s quantum!

  6. November 17, 2007 10:18 pm

    I’m in the ministry and have worked 56 hours a week for the last 6 years. And I love it. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  7. jimgetz permalink*
    November 18, 2007 3:37 am

    If it’s any consolation, Giant, it was a joke. A long standing joke that I make to wezlo because I know that he is often both up early and burning the midnight oil as a pastor.

    BTW: I hope you are getting some vacation times as well. Remember, ancient Israel also had the occasional festivals in addition to the weekly Sabbaths.

  8. November 26, 2007 6:27 pm

    Clergy study the Bible ?!?!?

  9. December 11, 2007 8:51 pm

    It’s because the rest of us are “too busy” during the rest of the week to do so. 😉

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