Summer Study Break

2007 was the first year I decided to take a summer study break to prepare for the next calendar year and teaching schedule for the church. The break consists of four weeks, two of which are suppose to be vacation and two planning for the future. The problem is that the weeks get run together and begin to intertwine with each other. I need to get better at drawing the line between planning and vacation.

I personally think the summer break is the best decision I have ever made in ministry. If not the best, it’s in the top three.

Since leaving on Sunday afternoon, June 29 here’s some of the things we have done or enjoyed;

Visited our kids and daughter in laws in Cinci
Spent time with Audrey our granddaughter
Attended the North American Christian Convention for three and a half days
Ate UDF peach ice cream
Ate at the best restaurant in the world, Cheddars, twice
Celebrated Sharon’s birthday on the 4th of July (Don’t ask the age.)
Enjoyed fireworks in Lexington, KY
Spent eight days with our son, daughter in law and Sawyer in Lexington
(Spent most of that time taking care of Sawyer. Won’t do that one again.
Four days will be the max at kids house from here on out.)
Visited the church in Troy, Oh where I preached before launching NVCC
(All the family attended and we had a big reunion)
Got coffee from my two most favorite coffee shops, Winans and Night Sky
Checked out the 28 acres where the Troy church will relocate to in 09
Slept on an air mattress that didn’t stay up (Do any of them)
Attended Southland Christian Church, a church of about 9000 in Lex
Drove 1500 miles
Recovered from a pulled hamstring suffered during kickball Wednesdays
Attended kickball Wednesday and sat
Prepared the church preaching schedule for this fall and the entire year of 09
Met with Jeff Ellick, principle of Tomahawk Creek Middle School
Read four books, so far
Prayed with and served communion to a dear lady who only has a few wks to live
Listened to numerous CD’s of teaching and music
Ordered materials for future teaching series
Ordered new corn hole bags for kickball Wednesday
Developed a plan for our vision team for the fall
Had my pacer checked
Scheduled a routine colonoscopy for next Wednesday
Ordered and picked up new church signs
Reworked parts of Discovery 101 and 201
Wrote updated welcome letter for first time visitors
Researched blogging and enhanced my own blog
Began preparation for August 3 message
Ate breakfast at IHOPS, twice
Grilled steaks
Enjoyed my outdoor shower

I’ll stop for now because I am tired and need a rest, and I still have ten days of the study break to go. I miss you all and look forward to returning. I am going to visit a few thriving churches in the area the next couple Sundays to see what I can learn from them.

I can’t wait to unpack the plans for the fall and 2009 for NV. Great things are ahead.

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5 thoughts on “Summer Study Break

  1. For a “summer study break” its sounds very busy. But as a mother of 4 little boys, a “break” is never really a “break” unless you are by yourself on a deserted island and then maybe you can truly rest because other than trying to keep yourself alive (uh, I suppose that would be work, too). So is there ever truly a “break”? I suppose our breaks will come when the time comes and we finally go HOME to meet and be with our Lord and Savior. Until then…breaks are all relative.

  2. whew – sounds like a break from the break is in order. — tim

  3. I hope you guys have found some time for a well-deserved break, if you haven’t yet….DO IT!

  4. United Dairy Farmers! What no Graeters??? You clearly don’t know Cincinnati well 🙂 I think you need more items that start with the word “grilled ” too. And what is this outdoor shower madness? Sounds like you’ve moved to the beach or something…

  5. Graeters is great but UDF is good and much cheaper. i agree with the “grilled.” i try to practice my grill skills at least two or three times a week. the heat does curtail that a little but then i can just walk over and catch an outdoor shower at any time. it is just like being at the beach. in fact, i got the idea from the beach. i’m just waiting for someone to have a hot tub (for winter use, that is) that they want me to take off their hands that goes with the shower.

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