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What’s The Most Time-Consuming Calling?

Rusty - May 16, 2005

Life is in flux right now. Two weeks ago I finished my thesis and last week I graduated. Last week I also got a new calling (though I will still be seminary teacher for the remainder of the school year). Naively my wife and I thought/imagined/hoped seminary would end and we’d have a relaxing summer (I said naive, my wife is girl’s camp director). When the calling was extended we were a bit bummed because those hopes were dashed (but happy to serve of course), but we figured I still wouldn’t be as busy as I have been.

I must admit I’m quite naive as far as how much time people spend on their callings. I imagine the bishop spends the most. But seminary teacher has to come in a close second. I figure about 12 hours a week (2 hours traveling & preparation, 1 hour class, 4 days a week). Can anything else top that?

(My dad has said that he spent more time on his calling as Gospel Doctrine teacher than as counselor in the bishopric but I suspect that’s because he enjoys the studying so much, not because it necessarily required that much time.)

(DISCLAIMER: This isn’t a comparison in any way. It’s just a curious opinion poll.)

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  1. Depending on the ward, EQ president can be a killer. In my New Jersey ward, the membership was so young and so mobile that nearly every week a sign up sheet was passed around looking for volunteers to help someone move. Invariably, the EQ presidency was on hand for the job. When the presidency was released after a year at hard labor, we joked that one requirement for the new quorum leaders was that they must own pickups. By contrast, in my dad’s “nearly dead” ward, the elders quorum barely has enough members to constitute and EQ presidency.
    Rick | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 4:30 am | #

    For me it was Scoutmaster. I spent approximately 15-20 hours each week preparing for our activities, following up with the boys’ progress, teaching merit badges, attending meetings, etc. And don’t forget the monthly campout that typically lasted 24 – 28 hours. Whew.
    sfw | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 9:12 am | #

    I’ll agree with Rick that the EQ presidency calling can be demanding in certain wards. Rusty, I think you’d find that Greg and his boys put a lot of time into their calling.

    RS President is up there, along with YM & YW Presidents

    I agree though that bishop is probably the most time consuming non-full time calling in the Church.
    Chris Williams | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 9:26 am | #

    Bishop, hands down.

    But RS President is pretty darned close, too, IMHO.

    Ward Mission Leader — but it’s one of those callings that is as busy as you’d like it to be.
    Steve Evans | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 12:07 pm | #

    Bishop…yes!! Bishop’s councilors can be right up there if the Bishop uses them. If not then you can spend more time preparing for teaching Gospel Doctrine.

    Second answer, any calling if we are willing to do everything we could to fulfill it completely.
    Don | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 1:03 pm | #

    I agree with Scout Master and Seminary Teacher (tie) as being 2nd most time consuming. I’ve done both, and I’ll never do it again. Both are probably the most thankless as well. Teenagers don’t know the words, “thank you”.
    Speaking Up | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 1:23 pm | #

    Many consider “mother” to be a calling… if so, I’d say that tops them all!
    Amy | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 2:26 pm | #

    A study was done and found that the average Bishop spends 30-35 hours/week in his calling. The average time spent in other callings was 3-5, and that includes the 3 hours of church. The study proved that (obviously) Bishops spend more time/week than others in their calling, but also showed that they need to be better about delegating. Would love some feedback from any current/former Bishops on that one. In our ward, the Relief Society President comes in a close second to the Bishop.
    Rob | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 3:27 pm | #

    Being the Ward Blogger is a real time sink. This is especially true if one takes the calling seriously rather than just fiddling around surfing or playing solitaire. I find it to be so demanding I have actually been known to skip particularly dull or pointless meetings in order to devote time to this calling. Once ward buildings get wi-fi, things will get easier. Perhaps a Ward Blogging Committee will be needed at that point.
    Dave | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 4:49 pm | #

    Any bishop who spends 30-35 hours per week on his calling on a regular basis (sometimes you can’t help it) simply isn’t delegating enough. I would not have survived my five years if had put in hours like that.

    Counting my 8-10 hour day on Sundays, I put in about 15-20 hours a week on average. It helped tremendously that I took our stake president’s advice and delegated every last thing that I could, leaving me to focus on: welfare, youth, and counseling.
    Chris Williams | Email | Homepage | 05.16.05 – 4:50 pm | #

    Rob, I’d love the citation for that study. Is it a published study, or something that was “in house”?
    Rick | Email | Homepage | 05.17.05 – 12:11 am | #

    The Mesa Mission President told us about the survey. I’ll ask him more about it when/if I see him again to see if I can get more details. They may have taken the survey in December (Tithing settlement).
    Rob | Email | Homepage | 05.17.05 – 1:40 am | #

    Wow! Bishop seems to be quite the popular answer. I’d go with that for the non fulltime bit. Though I had a rough time as ward music chairman (in a student ward, no less)with my one phone call (to get a special musical number) and one email (to the pianist, chorister and bulletin person) to give the hymns for that week.>8p
    Bret | Email | Homepage | 05.20.05 – 3:08 am | #

    I would go with scouting, but I would add being a young women leader to that. I’ve never done it, but my friends who do sure put in a lot of time.

    I covet the calling of Sunday School secretary. I think that is the cheesiest calling in the church.
    annegb | Email | Homepage | 05.22.05 – 5:16 pm | #

    The answer is Bishop.

    I am an Exec Secy and it takes a ton of my time just to make all the appointments for the Bishop–I don’t actually have to conduct all the interviews!

    I used to e a seminary teacher–that is the most time-consuming and demanding calling (or assignment) I have ever had, and I have served as EQ Pres, WML, Stake Mission Pres., and other demanding callings. I would say Bishop, RS pres., and Seminary teacher are the worst, but in our ward I know the primary Pres. is also very busy, as are the YM/YW pres.
    Eric | Email | Homepage | 05.26.05 – 3:20 pm | #

    My vote goes to president of the Church.
    Kim Siever | Email | Homepage | 05.30.05 – 3:01 pm | #

    I’ll second that for exec sec- I have done that one and it can be really busy, especially if the Bishopric is really good at delegating ALL non-ministerial tasks to make sure that the Bishopric can focus on ministering.
    Jordan | Email | Homepage | 06.02.05 – 7:28 pm | #

    EQ president is another one that,if done right (i.e., to take as much a load off the Bishop’s shoulders regarding the elders in the ward as possible) can be quite time-consuming.
    Jordan | Email | Homepage | 06.02.05 – 7:29 pm | #

    EQP is only time consuming if you don’t delegate to your counsellors and secretary. I’m on my second time around. I should know.
    Kim Siever | Email | Homepage | 06.03.05 – 3:57 pm | #



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