The Power of Vacation: Keeping Your Tank Full (Part 3)

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.

Click here to read Part 1 of this series.

Click here to read Part 2 of this series.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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