MadPRIEST’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY(SEE ALSO ARTICLE BELOW)

To say that clergy should work long hours because members of the laity give up their spare time to work for their church is like saying a bartender should not be paid because customers voluntarily come into the pub. Or, perhaps, more accurately (if you are English) like saying a working men's club steward should not be paid because the club committee members are all volunteers.

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MadPRIEST’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY(SEE ALSO ARTICLE BELOW) — 6 Comments

  1. Yeah, I struggle with this. The difference is that volunteers are just that – voluntary. They can take it or leave it, do it or not, at will, and they don’t even have to be accountable because, well, they’re volunteers. I don’t think it’s a good idea, at least for me, to blur the boundary between the ministry to which I’ve been called and my voluntary time. My volunteer stuff is outside, and anonymous – not done in the name of the congregation I serve.