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Keith Falk

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Re: Outside the Parish
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2007, 01:21:09 PM »
... But when I volunteer at Camp Luther for a week every summer, I do count it as vacation. I'm there with my family with one hour a day of responsibilities, for which we get housing, meals, and our run of the camp activities all week. If that were my only contact with the camp every year, a better case could be made that it involved necessary networking in our district, but I'm there three or four times a year anyway. The week in the summer is pure relaxation. Heck, they even pre-print the Bible studies they want the pastors to do. It'd be a pretty tough sell to say I'm up there on official business. Confirmation Camp, on the other hand...

Ahhh... to only have had one hour a day of responsibility!  Even in a camp setting, whether or not it is our time or parish time (of course, it is all God's time!), depends upon the situation.  While I was able to pick and choose, to an extent, where my energies were spent, I was doing something for the camp for all but 1 or 2 hours a day.  Setting up projects for the campers, helping with Bible Study, worship planning, leading games, etc.  And, unfortunately, my wife and son weren't with me - he's a bit young to handle resident camp, so he and my wife went to visit her parents.

I second and third what others have said about small-town ministry.  If you are awake, you're doing it.  There is no escaping, people are always aware that you are the pastor, whether you are in clerics or not.
Rev. Keith Falk, STS