Monday or Friday?

Today's blog asks a simple question to those in ministry: Do you take Monday or Friday off, and why?

I've been a Friday-off guy for about five years for 3 primary reasons:

  • It gives me some semblance of a weekend (2 days off in a row), though I almost always serve on the weekends.
  • I'm always thinking about the church on Monday anyways. After Sunday, I have a lot of things going through my head. I might as well go in and do something about them.
  • I go into Sundays more rested and physical able to handle preaching 3 assemblies, fellowship, Sunday afternoon activities and small group that night.

Most ministers I know prefer Mondays. The theory is that Sunday wipes everyone out…and the rest is needed. No argument here. What else is there?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “Monday or Friday?

  1. Like Terry, Thursdays have worked for me for a long time. My Monday schedule is normally determined and filled by contacts and conversations that I had on Sunday at our assemblies. I always felt like I was fighting fire for the remainder of the week if I was out on Monday. Monday helps me get a jump on the rest of the week. Since the churches I have served with have had formal assemblies and/or classes on Wednesdays, there has always been prep time required early in the week. After long days Sun. – Wed., Thursdays have allowed me to catch my breath; spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Friday is a day to tie up loose ends and refine messages. It is also a great opportunity for quiet time, personal study, and prayer since Fridays typically aren’t too busy around the office.

  2. When I was in Full time worship ministry, I took Thursday’s. Friday’s were a short day (I thought…When I interviewed they said the office closes at noon on Friday. I assumed that meant we were off at noon on Friday’s. So, I took Thursday’s). Like you Monday’s, I would try to correct or improved what went wrong on Sunday. Tuesdays were the finish touches on the next sunday,bible study and Staff meeting. Wenesdays were prep for Praise team practice and lunch with a praise team member. Thursdays were my sabbath and some more bible study usually. Fridays was prep for the next sunday and any final arrangements for Sunday. Friday afternoon usually caught the latest movie. 3 years straight and all seemed happy. I wanted more so I now teach teens everyday with 10 weeks off in the summer. HA

  3. I really tried taking Fridays for the reasons you mention. I suppose it is my struggle with discipline to be ready for Sunday by Friday. So I take Monday … and I try to protect that … and usually Friday is a ‘tying up all the loose strings for Sunday’ kind of day …and it would be that even if I took Friday off…I’d still be doing that.

  4. right now i’m taking sundays off. in our work here in tanzania, there have been no churches begun yet — so sundays are free (even when there are churches, though, i can’t say whether or not they’ll meet on sundays). our mission team meets together for “worship” on fridays. saturday is a work day. and sunday is rest.