Wayne Yeager did an awesome job with a series of -related posts last year, so I will spare you the repeat. I will however, encourage you to read some of his posts this summer. Great stuff.

The longer I am in ministry, the more value I see to taking time off. When you are young and single, you just push through and pull the all nighter for study or ministry. Once family and the age of thirty comes around, there are lots of things in your life (including your own body) telling you that is not a good idea anymore. Take the time off. You need it. Your family needs it. Your ministry needs it. They deserve a you that is refreshed periodically. Whether its a week at with the family, or even a couple of nights out under the stars in tents, do whatever it takes. You, your family, and your ministry are worth it.

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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