This week weâ€™re on the topic of time offâ€”and one of the best ways to make sure you use your vacation time in the hectic youth ministry world is to plan your vacation: RIGHT NOW.
Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦put some dates on the family and church calendar today and reserve your right to get away. Look for an opening (if youâ€™re like us there will only be a couple of choices anyhow), and stake your claim.
Plan a weekend getaway.
Weekends off in the church context are rare, so find something fun to do that will really refresh you to keep going in the long haul. If youâ€™re smart youâ€™ll find a 3-day weekend and really make something special out of it. Make some memories in those 48-hours youâ€™re off the grid.
Plan some time with just your spouse.
Weâ€™re shocked at how often we hear our fellow youth workers share that it has been YEARS since they slipped away for a night with their spouseâ€¦ without their kids. Getting alone time isnâ€™t easy, but itâ€™s well worth it (for all sorts of reasons!). Canâ€™t get away overnight? How about a regular date night? Canâ€™t afford a regular date night? Then do it on the cheap (Netflix, anyone?), but DO IT.
Plan something refreshing right after the busiest season.
After summer camp you need to build in some comp time for yourself. Give yourself a day or two break when you come off a big event to acclimate to the real world. This summer we both took some extended time off after one of the busiest seasons of ministry weâ€™ve ever had. And we planned it months ago so our families knew the reprieve was coming soon.
Your context and freedoms are different than ours, but grab your calendar right now and block out something next month and something next year. No joke. Do it right now!
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.