Notice the little asterisk at the bottom of the page with a disclaimer? Yeah, the one that says we realize pastors can be men and women and we aren’t trying to be sexist? It’s true. We aren’t trying to focus only on male pastors even though the title of this particular suggestion mentions taking him golfing. You can take her golfing too. Really, it’s okay with us.
In America we are entering a three or, in some cases, four-day holiday. People all over the country will take time off of work to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Hopefully the weather in your neck of the woods is cooperating and you’re enjoying blue skies, white puffy clouds, and bearable temperatures with little-to-no mosquitos. What plans do you have for the weekend? Are you doing anything that you can include your pastor and perhaps his family members in as well?
Does your pastor enjoy golfing? If the courses in your town aren’t overrun with holiday crowds you might want to see if he (or she) has time to slip away for 18 holes, or maybe just 9. Do you have Sea Doos or other type of water craft? How about an invitation to a day at the lake or river? Does your pastor love to fish? This is a good weekend to try out the new rod and reel.
Is your pastor busy? Out of town? Overrun with other invitations? That’s okay. Make your offer and set up another possible date down the road. I promise he/she would love another opportunity to get in some play time during the long, hot days of summer. I speak from personal experience here.
Don’t forget his/her family!! The kids would enjoy a day at the beach, lake, river, or pool. Camping for a few days during the week might be an option; especially if a nice air-conditioned RV is part of the bargain. Whatever you enjoy as a means to unload, decompress, recharge your batteries, and get out of town is probably what your pastor enjoys. Don’t be afraid to ask. The worst that can happen is that he or she might politely decline your invitation. However, they might say yes, which gives you an opportunity to care for your pastor in a fun way.
Enjoy this summer with your family, with your friends, and, hopefully, with your pastor.
Have a happy and safe 4th everyone!
*We recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry. We try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun. The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse. We hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.