Just in Time for Summer Vacation . . .

This post is 100% from Rev. Victoria Lawson and I share it on behalf of pastors everywhere.

It could be your pastor’s vacation time. It could be parental leave. It could be your pastor’s Sabbatical. Speaking as a person who’s been in professional ministry for over 37 years, I can share so many examples of times when I chose my church over my family and it was a mistake. It was my own decision to miss Senior Night for a Session Meeting or agree to officiate a wedding on my child’s birthday. I was trying to be all things to all people (except to my family.) These kinds of sacrifices only create resentment deep inside.

Please note the factoids in yellow on the poster.

Examples of times to call your pastor even if she is in labor or he’s at his own father’s funeral:

  • There’s been a fiery crash involving the youth.
  • There’s been an explosion in the church building with people in there.
  • The Church is going to be on the front page of the local newspaper tomorrow and not because of a happy thing.

Most emergencies can wait a day or two. Note to pastors: please have someone on call for you if you’re unavailable for more than two days. And make their contact information available on your email auto-response and your phone voicemail greeting.

Your life and your emergencies are important and yet your pastor is not the only one you can call.

Now get out there and have a great summer!

Since publishing this post, I’ve learned that the artist is Victoria Larson from Barn Geese Worship and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, MA.

5 responses to “Just in Time for Summer Vacation . . .

  1. Hi Jan, The graphic here was designed by Rev. Victoria Lawson of Barn Geese Worship and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, MA. Thought you might like to know that part doesn’t originate with Rev. Schenck. Thanks as always for this post and your other ones!

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  2. Rachel Shepherd

    Hi Jan,
    The graphic here is the work of Rev. Victoria Larson of Barn Geese Worship and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, MA. Thought you might like to know that part didn’t originate with Rev. Schenck. Thank you as always for this post and all your wonderful other ones!

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  3. Oh shoot! It’s Victoria Larson, not Lawson. So sorry.

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  4. IMHO, the correction should be closer to the error.

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