One of the things about ministry is that it doesn’t work on the standard work week. Because our worship occurs on the weekend, most paid staff get a day off during the standard work week. Plus, you never know what hours of the day, a connection with another person will be made.
When I first started in ministry, I loved having Fridays off because it was a great way to get a long weekend. Since moving to Lafayette, Indiana 3 years ago, I have taken Mondays off. First, it was a way to take a longer weekend and still have a staff person in the office. Now that I am with Connexion, our new church plant, we have a strong value of teamwork. Because we have that value, our staff works the same days and takes days off together. My days off have become a way not just to create a longer weekend, but now I value my Mondays as a way to recharge from weekend worship and get ready for the awesome ride that is working shoulder to shoulder with our staff and launch team all week.
I recharge in many ways. Some of these might seem odd. I enjoy doing the grocery shopping for the week. With my family off to work and school, Mondays are a great day for shopping. I find it theaputic. I do some reading. I kick-start my week by, as Mark Batterson says, “getting my synapses firing” for the week ahead. Sometimes I spend a few hours sitting at Starbucks listening to music and reading while drinking a cup of coffee.
Hey Pastor Types – What do you do to recharge on your day off?
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