What makes a pastor's position so tough? They are on call 24/7. They deal with issues of life, death, and eternity. They are constantly invited into some life's hardest situations: crises, divorces, imprisonments, suicides, etc. These circumstances are high stress. On top of all this, pastors are essentially CEOs of small corporations, expected to teach and speak weekly!
How can we hold up our pastor's arms? We can pray regularly for our pastor and their family. We can have their back, discouraging others from speaking negatively about them. We can protect their days off, pay them well, and be generous with our appreciation. Plus, we can offer a Sabbatical.
What is a Sabbatical? A Sabbatical has biblical foundations in Genesis and Leviticus, which speaks of "Sabbath time" in terms of days, years, and land usage. A Sabbatical is a gift of rest for both renewal and hope. Scripture infers that regular, periodic rejuvenation is vital in all areas of life.
What's the purpose of a Sabbatical? A Sabbatical feeds the body, mind, and soul, resulting in renewed, refreshed, and revitalized energy to function as a shepherd and servant leader. Sabbaticals create opportunities for the minister to recapture a sense of vision, be nurtured in faith and skills, become introspective, rekindle spiritual passion, refocus priorities, review the ministerial journey, and reflect on the call of God for their life and ministry.