This week I have the privilege of writing for the Orange Leaders blog, which is one of my favorite blogs in the world. The post is about maintaining boundaries in ministry. Here’s a snippet:
Real questions I’ve been asked by students and parents…
- So, what’s your real job?
- Umm . . . what do you actually do all day?
- So, you just take the summer off then?
- How was your vacation to Mexico? (It was a mission trip, you Jerky McJerkyson.)
For whatever reason, some people think that family ministries staff don’t work very hard or very often. This of course, is utter nonsense. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry. The events, problems, conversations, camps, crises, retreats and everything else happen day and night, on the weekends and always on holidays. I mean, always on holidays.
So, how do we keep ourselves from burning out? How do we maintain healthy boundaries so that our families aren’t negatively affected by our ministry? And, how in the world do we keep ourselves healthy?
You can check out the rest of the post here.