I probably spend 15-20 hours a week preparing messages. And 8-10 in pastoral counseling and visitation.
Sometimes I wish I could counsel less so I could prepare more; other times I wish I could prepare less so I could visit more.
But as I have thought about that dynamic in recent weeks, I have come to realize that the two activities are in fact inseparable. Pastoral counseling shows me the kinds of issues with which people in the church and community struggle. That in turn shapes the content and direction of my preaching.