I am a Curate in a vacancy, my Training Incumbent felt the call to move around 18 months into my curacy, not sure if I was a contributing factor, surely I wasn’t that hard to Train was I? Anyway this left me as the only stipendary
minister in a group of 6 churches, we do have an NSM and a Reader, but due to illnesses they have been out of action for large portions of the last 20 Months. This meant that workloads were high, add to that the pressures of fulfilling all that I need to do to fulfill my curacy requirements and time became even more pressured.
To my own failing, this meant that I didnt take as much time off as I could or indeed needed, my curacy situation shouldn’t have lead to this, but it did! This is not a good model for ministry or life and counter to biblical teaching. Jesus took time out to care for himself, God in the creation story rested on the 7th day and we are called to rest on the Sabbath.
So here I am, 9 days in to a 14 day staycation, we decided to just chill out at home, to catch up with household stuff and to just relax.
This hasn’t been easy, the temptation to “Work” is high, but so far(apart from one slip i’ll mention in a moment) I have managed it and I am feeling so much better, refreshed and ready for the next steps in my ministerial life.
I cannot stress it enough, take time out, time off and care for yourself and not only when you are so tired you don’t have a choice but as part of your rythm of life.
The slip I mentioned, a job application that needed to be in so spent a bit of time getting that in order.
Take care of yourself and ensure you rest.
Edit, on a similar theme I found this interesting post and ideas on clergy self care