If you have children, your first instinct might be to make sure you’re going to a spot that they will enjoy – often at the cost of your sanity or your relaxation. I’m talking amusement parks, Disney world, or even big cities.
Instead of making that your focus, why not make that an “add on”? A place were you visit while on vacation, but not the focus. You’re the one that your family and church are worried about burning out yet your tendency is to take a vacation that is an experience for your family.
Instead of an experience for your family, simply experience your family.
There are retreat locations throughout the country that are set up just for you, the church staff member. They’re away from the hustle and bustle, the people running them understand pastoral issues, and, perhaps best of all, they are free or very low costs.
Last year Christianity Today ran an article highlighting some of these locations, but a quick google search can give you similar information.
I’ll be honest, it’s not always easy to figure out the retreat center’s website…how to apply, the actual cost, what is involved…but I can tell you it will be worth the work you put into it. Some of these places really are no cost – there is no hidden fee and no sales call.
Now, what is standing in the way of your vacation?