Before I start, please let me make clear that this is NOT at all meant to be negative or complaining in any way. Rather, it is something that I hope will be an honest discussion about what types of things pastors should and shouldn't be expected to have in a formal "job description" (generally speaking). I say "generally speaking" because each pastorate is unique, and there will likely be things that one pastor will do in a job that another pastor (or even the same pastor if pastoring a different congregation) might not do (and vice-versa).
The Manual clearly sets out expectations and duties (broken down into "core" duties and "administrative" duties) of a pastor, and many things can fall under the umbrella of one or both of those. I'm hoping that we will be able to discuss specifics. And one word of definition, is that this is talking about the Lead Pastor (or Head Pastor, or Senior Pastor--or ONLY pastor if there is just one pastor in the congregation).
Let's start with a common one.
Is it part of a pastor's job to have a role in the regular time of weekly worship (usually Sunday mornings) with the congregation?
I've heard two different sides of the issue. I've heard of people telling pastors that they get paid to preach. Jokes are told that pastors only work one day a week, with the obvious understanding being that pastors only work on Sundays.
On the other hand, I've heard people say that pastors shouldn't consider the time they spend in worship services (including leading, preaching, etc...) as "work" time because "everybody is supposed to be in church" or "other people volunteer to do things (music, tend the nursery, count offerings, etc...) during the worship service so the pastor is just doing his/her own part to contribute to the worship service and shouldn't count it as time working."
What do people think about this particular issue?
Are there other specifics that people would like to discuss as generally being or not being part of a pastor's duties?