Women’s Ministry Leaders Q&A
Following is a question from a meeting we host at LifeWay a couple of times a year for new women’s ministry directors. Below are some thoughts from our Q&A panel at the Women’s BETA that took place in September.
As a paid staff women’s ministry leader, how do you separate your personal life and your work life? Or do you?
Whether you are the women’s ministry leader at your church as a paid staff member or a lay leader, the reality is that the lines between ministry and personal life often blur. You have to be very intentional about creating time to step back and rest. While that sounds wonderful, I know you’re probably wondering, how is that possible? These are a few of the ways we guard our personal lives as we also serve the Lord in ministry.
Since becoming a grandmother, I have drawn some very intentional lines around my personal time. I take Fridays off and spend the day with my granddaughter. I also vacation often in order to stay spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy.
Embrace Your Passion for Ministry
I have to say, I’m not just a minister because I’m paid or I commit a certain number of hours to volunteering. I’m a minister because I am called by God. It’s who He created me to be. It’s in my DNA. Even while I’m on vacation, I spend time sharing Christ and intentionally encouraging the employees who work in places where we vacation. So whether I’m planning the next event in women’s ministry or sharing about Christ with a person I meet on vacation, I’m still a minister.
Make Time for Rest
You may not be able to vacation often, but you need to rest your mind and body to stay fit to do the work God has called you to. My husband, Pat, and I are heading to the beach next weekend for a week, and I will do a lot of nothing! Unhurried time in the mornings with the Word. Sitting and watching the waves. Sleeping in. These are ways I will rest. Vacation is wonderful, but in between beach vacations I use my deck at home as my getaway. Depending on the day, my short getaway may be 15 minutes or 2 hours. I encourage you to find something that relaxes you and helps you stay in shape to serve.
Be sure to also guard your time with family and friend as well. Emergencies do come along occasionally, but other than that, protect your personal life as you serve Christ.