Next Wednesday night after youth I’m leaving town. I’m packing up my family in our old minivan and we’re leaving the country. For two weeks. When I’m gone I’m not going to worry about how things are going at home. I’m not going to fret over whether or not our services are going well. Is it that I don’t care? Nope. It’s that my wife and I are delegating our responsibilities to our team and we trust them completely.
Vacationing isn’t easy. Especially when you spend all year working so hard to make sure your Nextgen programs and services run at peak performance. They’re your baby and leaving them in the hands of someone else is hard. I get that. I truly do. But regardless, here are my 4 steps to being able to take a stress free vacation.
Build a team.
Building a team isn’t just picking people and giving them jobs. It’s also largely about training people and helping them grow into something more. Spend time getting to know your volunteers and older students. Spend resources on training them. Give them opportunities to lead and teach while you are at home. Grow your team, not necessarily in numbers, but in quality.
Delegate to them.
Nothing is worse to a volunteer or student than when they feel that they can be helpful – but no one lets them be. I was at an event a few weeks ago where many volunteers showed up to do a job, but progress was slowed due to equipment arriving late. Over half of the volunteers left out of boredom. Don’t just have volunteers so you can say you have a great team. Actually use that great team.
Choose to trust them.
Trust is a choice. Hopefully after you’ve worked through building your team and delegating to them while you’re around to help them learn – you’ll trust them naturally. I know that some of us instinctually don’t trust other people with our programs. We are invested and we struggle to trust others with our investment. But a major part of having stress free time away is choosing to trust our team. Make that choice.
Let it all go.
There’s nothing you can do when you aren’t there. Your team is full of God appointed people for this hour. They can handle it. Choose not to worry and fret. It will all work out just fine.
We seem to get into our heads that our programs and services are these massive moments where each one is the end-all and be-all of life. We somehow believe that if our services aren’t perfect that someone is going to go to hell because something didn’t go perfectly. Well, we’re wrong. God is so much bigger than our little programs and services. If one doesn’t go perfectly a couple of times a year so that you can get some well-deserved rest? So be it.
So the next time you have the opportunity to get a vacay – take it. Have a good time, and make it a stress free one.
How do you make sure that while you are on a getaway that you don’t stress? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.