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6 Reasons Many Pastors Don’t Need An Office Any More
For most pastors, a desk in an office is one of the least creative spaces imaginable.

3. Offices Cost Too Much

Land is expensive. If your church is blessed to own or rent a building that you have 24/7 access to, you are in a dwindling group of churches – even in rural areas.

Because of the rising cost of real estate, we have a greater obligation than ever to use our buildings wisely and efficiently. In our church building, most of the rooms, including the offices have been or are being converted from person-specific to task-specific.

The main pastor’s office doesn’t even have a desk in it. Instead, it’s outfitted with a couch, armchairs and a coffee table, making it a more efficient space for staff and board meetings, and a more welcoming room for others to use when they need it.

Another office is open for anyone to use for private conversations, team projects or whatever need we may have.

For the last several years, my office sat empty for most of the week, since most of my work doesn’t require me to be on site.

Over the last several years, my office sat empty for most of the week, since most of my work doesn’t require me to be on site. That meant a lot of space wasted for much of the week.

And, even though others were always welcome to use it when I wasn’t there, they could never completely shake the feeling that they were intruding on my space when they used it.

Multiple-use rooms are here to stay. Including office space. Because of the price of land, good stewardship demands greater cost-efficiency.

4. An Office Can Reinforce A Punch-the-Clock Mentality

Some people need an office or designated room because their job requires their physical presence.

But if you don’t need to be in an office, yet you show up regularly anyway, it’s often the result of one of two things: habit, or control.

If it’s a good habit, keep doing it. If it’s a bad one, break it.

If it’s about control, that needs to be recognized and excised. If you don’t punch a clock, but show up in the office like you do punch a clock, you’re probably living under a mentality that ties your job performance to the hours you put in, rather than your effectiveness.

Sometimes that demand is put upon us by others, like congregation members or the church council. But in most cases, it’s a burden we’ve placed on our own shoulders. And it’s completely unnecessary.

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April 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM

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