The greater the demands of ministry, the greater your need to pull away. Over the last two weeks, I shared five strategies for you to consider as a pastor when planning your next vacation.
Though the word “vacation” is not found in the Bible, there’s nothing unspiritual about taking a vacation. Even Charles Spurgeon is known for talking about how they’ve nourished his soul and prepared him for his next season of ministry.
But did you know there are three types of vacations you can take to get some much-needed R&R?
Mini-vacation: Lasts two to three days, and is normally planned after a pressured season of ministry, such as Easter! It generally runs from a Thursday through Monday. It can involve travel, or it can be a “stay-cation.”
Regular vacation: Lasts one or two weeks, which you take off around the same time each year. You should build consistency with this dedicated time. It acts as an anchor in your calendar.
Extended vacation: After ten years, you should consider taking a month off. This may coincide with a study break or a special anniversary. It’s reserved for certain seasons or celebrations.
Beware of the “false vacation”. This may be a vacation that’s tied to a denominational meeting, or to visiting extended family, where the focus isn’t on a time of rest and recreation with your immediate family.
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