He spends some time reading in his office.
He visits some sick church members at the hospital.
He plans for the upcoming worship service(s).
He performs various administrative tasks.
He prepares for the next sermon.
He talks on the phone with church members.
He meets with fellow pastors for coffee.
He counsels in his office with church members.
None of the above activities are wrong in and of themselves. All probably need to be done in the life of the institutional church. However, all of the above focus on the church itself. The pastor spends much of his time alone in his office looking at books. When he is out of the building, his attention is aimed almost solely upon church members.
What professional pastors are missing is contact with the real world. I'm not referring to the occasional "Thank you" said to someone behind the counter at McDonald's. I'm talking about meaningful interaction out in the real world; this is what helps keep Christians from becoming irrelevant. It's where we are quickly reminded about the world's desperate need for the gospel.
Many times pastors seem sort of pointless. Even people within the institutional church joke about pastors not doing real work or working only one day per week. These jokes have a ring of reality to them because they are basically true.
Professional pastors need to resign from their positions and get out into the real world. If they need a job they can call me. In fact, I'm about to leave for work right now. I'll be in the real world all day long.
(This post is part of the blog series 25 Reasons Professional Pastors Should Resign.)