Health and Growth

7 Ways Pastors Can Take a Vacation on a Budget

Health and Growth

7 Ways Pastors Can Take a Vacation on a Budget

Pastor, do you believe that you do not have enough money to take a vacation? If so, then you are not alone.

Many pastors do not receive a large enough salary to pay for a vacation. But this does not mean you should not take one.

It’s important for you and your family to recharge your batteries. The physical, emotional, and spiritual demands of the ministry can easily lead you to fatigue and burnout if you are not careful.

We know that the summer is drawing to a close, so we want to provide you with seven ways you can take a vacation on a budget.

#1. Find discounted getaways

There are many places that offer free or reduced rates for pastors. Here is a non-exhaustive list of pastors’ retreats and getaways curated by Ed Stetzer.

#2. Seek congregational resources

Members of your church may have a vacation home you can use. Be honest with your church leadership when it comes to expressing your need for inexpensive vacation options. This will encourage them to seek out resources among the congregation.

#3. Get creative with a staycation

Your local community or region is full of different activities you can arrange. Get creative with making arrangements by organizing several activities inexpensive or free activities you and your family can enjoy.

#4. Travel during the off-season

Do you have a vacation destination in mind? If so, schedule your trip during the off-season to take advantage of discounted rates.

#5. Stay with family

Do you have family who lives out of town you can stay with? Schedule time to stay at their home. Visit them when they are at home or consider scheduling time to stay at their home when they are out of town. This is a great way to save a tremendous amount of money.

#6. Swap your house

This is similar to the idea above, but with a twist. If you are comfortable with the idea, swap your house with a friend or family member. Make these arrangements ahead of time. This will ensure that you can get something on the calendar.

Again, similar to the idea above, you can look to make arrangements when someone is out of town. This can be a win-win. For example, if your family or friends have animals, you can offer to take care of them while they are out of town.

#7. Vacation with a group

Vacationing with a group is a great way to save on lodging, food, and travel costs if you are driving. Also, if you have children, then you and your family or friends can take turns watching each other’s kids. This will save money for babysitting and allow you and your spouse a carefree night out on the town.

Have you taken a vacation on a budget? How did you do it? Share your experience in the comments!

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
Brady Shearer
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
Michael Lukaszewski
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
Justin Dean
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
Daniel Irmler
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
Nik Goodner
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
Kevin Ekmark
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
Logan Fields
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
Kenny Jahng
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you! powers mobile, text, and web giving for
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