The Monday Morning Debrief: Christmas break hangouts

If you are a minster who has today off and is actually reading this on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, do me a favor – SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER.  As ministers, we rarely get a day off where we aren’t thinking about ministry or processing ministry or even answering a call or text.  So, considering we worked all week leading up to Christmas Eve and day and then worked Christmas Eve and day, you need to shut down your computer right now and hang with your family.  Seriously…turn it off…right now.

But, if this isn’t a day off for you or if you are reading this on another day other than the 26th, I’d like to challenge you to think of what you can be doing this week to reach out to students. The winter break is a great time to hang out with students informally and build relationships.  They can tell you about what they got for Christmas and what they are planning on doing for New Years Eve.  If students are anything like my own children, it doesn’t take much time form them to get bored as they look for something to do.  So, if this isn’t a week off for you, TAKE A MINUTE right now and think through what students you could give a call to this week and hang out with.

Now, if this is your week off, by all means, make the most of it and spend it with your family. You’ve worked hard all year and you deserve time off so take that time and enjoy.  Seriously, really spend that time and invest in your family.

What are your thoughts, comments, questions or experiences?  Post a comment and let the discussion begin so that we can all benefit from it.

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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