Yes. There is no typical week, per se. Between Sundays, I meet with various groups of the church, visit with individuals, study, teach, plan and more. If I'm not careful my responsibilities carry me well over "full-time." Unless I'm on vacation, I'm available 24-7 for emergencies.
Yes. Ministers are not any different than anyone else. I am a human being like you. I love. I grieve. I get sick. I have brilliant ideas and bad moods. Occasionally, when I stub my toe, I swear. Sometimes not only when I stub my toe. I make mistakes. Not that swearing is a mistake. Well, it can be. While I do hold clergy to a higher standard of behavior, I expect as much from every person as I do from myself. I love a good joke and believe laughter is good medicine. As Anne Lamott says, Laughter is carbonated holiness.
Yes. I have a Bachelors from Vassar College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. In college, I studied animal behavior in the Psychology Department. As a scientist, I learned the application of behavioral conditioning. In seminary, I studied a little of a lot of subjects--theology, psychology, literature, history, ethics, and management. As a generalist pastor, I consider myself a "jack of all trades, master of none." (And, yes, animal behavior has been helpful insight for ministry!)
Ministry is both calling and profession.
In the United Church of Christ, we say that clergy are set apart for a ministry of Word and Sacrament. Pastors are selected and blessed ("called") by the people to serve in a special role. We are not set above or below, but apart. In this way, I am both within the community but also separated.
Ministry is a profession, with clearly prescribed standards of practice and institutions of accountability. Sure, I could have gone online and paid $30 to be ordained. But, I believe that when churches hire a pastor, they should respect the power that comes with the office: the trust, the respect, the influence.