Again, I know that we all have requirements for how many office hours that we must log weekly, but we need to make sure that we are finding opportunities to get out and build relationships with our students and find ministry opportunities through real life situations. This is especially true during the summer. I also know that we must make spending time with our family a priority, not always an easy task, but what if we combined the two. What if you brought your family along or had your students over. This not only has the added benefit of extra time with your family while you do your job, but also, your students can see what it means to be part of a family and how you handle day to day situations. This is an example that all students need and many are not getting at home.
Finally, don't forget to apply this principal during your midweek services and events. It is easy to hole up in our offices in this time to get a little extra work done or even to finish up studying what we are about to stay. It is especially easy to do this if you have trained great leaders, which hopefully you have. But we must be out and amongst our students. They need to see us and know that we care and appreciate that they are there. But more than that we need to let them know that we care about what has been happening in their lives.
So remember, we all have responsibilities to take care of, but only so much ministry can happen in the friendly confines of our offices.