How much time does being a seminary teacher take?

I was curious about how much time it would take to be a seminary teacher when I was asked to be a seminary teacher on June 17, 2014. Since I was running my own business at the time and tracking all of my work hours by project, I added seminary as a project in my time tracking app as well.

I think the amount of time it takes to be a seminary teacher in one year is going to very from person to person based on several factors. This was my first time teaching seminary and the class was an early morning class. So how much time did I spend on seminary in one year?

488.5 hours total

Let’s break that down since that is not the amount of time I spent teaching.

283 hours 5 minutes teaching in class, setting up class, traveling to/from class.
152 hours 5 minutes preparing lesson plans, study, etc.
51 hours 32 minutes for teacher training.
19 hours 27 minutes for administrative and other tasks.

Let’s use 2,087 hours as our standard for a years worth of full-time work. That means that my first year teaching seminary equalled about 1/4 of a full time job. Fascinating stuff. Hope this helps others who might be getting into teaching seminary for the first time and wondering just how much time they might expect to put into the endeavor.

Blog Theme Update

Changing themes is not something I like to do often. The theme I am retiring I purchased in mid-2009 from titled “Publication”. It’s no longer available and it has recently started breaking. In light of that, I started searching for a new theme and found that the default WordPress theme for 2015 is surprisingly elegant and clean. For my own selfish reasons, I am capturing a bit of the old and new so I can get nostalgic years from now when I look back on the change.

Old “Publication” WordPress Theme

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New 2015 WordPress Default Theme

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Saying Goodbye To Branded Holdings

It’s with sadness  that it is time to say goodbye to Branded Holdings. The past year and a half have really been a game changer for me and my family. We have enjoyed living in Florida and I have really loved working with the great team at Branded Holdings. The team was able to accomplish so much this year but with the market having one of its hardest hit years, I was laid off.

I am grateful for the time I was able to spend at Branded Holdings and all that I was able to do and learn. I had the opportunity to do many things including

  • outsource projects
  • hire a team of developers
  • manage multi-million dollar websites
  • utilize the bootstrap framework and scss
  • become Google Analytics certified
  • A/B test to help increase revenue per visitor
  • learn MODX
  • direct web development projects

Adventure is out there!

I am now looking for a team to work with in the Puyallup, Tacoma, or Seattle area. I also have several business ideas that I would like to get started on along with some freelance work that I may pick up. If you know of a team looking for a web developer or you have web development work that you need done, let’s get in touch. You can find links to my linkedin profile and other online profiles at

New Job as Director of Front-end Web Development

I am very excited to announce that I will be headed with my family to Tampa Florida to be the Director of Front-end Development for Branded Holdings, a Selling Source company. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and responsibilities that this new job will present. Along with the excitement of starting a new job, Cassie and I are excited to experience life in the southeast, enjoy some warm sandy beaches, try some new food, and have a baby!

My experience at WCG over the past year has been great. WCG is full of incredibly smart and talented people that have been a blast to work with. I am sad to leave many of the friendships that have been forged over the many projects and clients we have worked with.

Great leaders at WCG I’ve had the chance to work with or get to know:

  • Jim Weiss – Founder of WCG and an incredible leader and hard worker with a great vision
  • Bob Pearson – President W2O Group that works out of the Austin office when he isn’t traveling and author of Pre-Commerce
  • Aaron Strout – Head of location based marketing at WCG, fun guy to work with, and usually rockin’ a great hairdo : )
  • Greg Matthews – Health revolutionary doing some really interesting work with medical and doctor related social media data
  • Spike Jones – Author of Brains on Fire and if he is on your team, you know you are going to have fun
The people that I have had a chance to work with in the trenches are amazing. Extremely talented people who know how to get stuff done. We’ve been able to do  fulfilling work for lots of interesting clients both large and small. I’ve personally had the chance to participate on various projects for Michaels, Warner Brothers, Hershey’s, Pfizer, Apnicure, ViroPharma, Maquet, Sanofi, and more. It’s been a very busy year working, learning, and growing. It’s been challenging and educational to work on various internal projects along with efforts to promote the Use of Yammer, Fitbit, and other tools. Many have come to know me as the Yammer king…

While at WCG I have been able to grow in new areas and strengthen existing skills in project management, analytics, web development, big data, communication, client management, project planning, web development, and social media. I will be forever grateful for my time at WCG. A big thanks goes out to my wife for always supporting and believing in me, and to God for being patient with me, making me a better man, and being a constant guide in my life.