What else should I know about Sabbaticals? A Sabbatical is an opportunity to allow the minister to be away from the congregation for an extended period. It is not a vacation, but time for intentional exploration and reflection, drinking anew from God's life-giving waters through personal study and renewal. It allows our pastors to regain enthusiasm and creativity for the ministry.
What guidelines should be put in place for a Sabbatical? A minister should design a sabbatical that is unique to them. Sabbaticals should be planned with the church's leadership, with an agreed-upon purpose and goals for the time away. Sabbaticals are planned to give balanced time for personal relaxation and other components, like education and travel.
What should a Sabbatical Proposal include? A Sabbatical Proposal should include what the minister desires to accomplish during the time away, a timeline of plans and activities, detailed congregational leadership assignments, specific declaration of expected budget expenses, and the preparation of an evaluation form to assess church life during the Sabbatical.
What are the anticipated results of a Sabbatical? Following a Sabbatical, a minister often resumes congregational leadership with a fresh spirit and renewed passion. A healthier leader results in a healthier church!
How can I support my church during a Sabbatical? Pray for your pastor and their family during their time away. Remain faithful in your attendance, giving, and serving. Be ready to support new vision and passion for ministry upon your pastor's return!