The longer I pastor the more I’m convinced that lay leaders in the church should insist their pastors take paid sabbaticals beyond their normal vacation time. The pastors I know love pastoring. They’re happy to sacrificially serve their church, and they don’t complain while they do it. Pastoring is hard, not just in actuality but … Continue reading Sabbatical Testimony: Rusty Mckie, Pastor, Sojourn Community Church
My brother-in-law Bill is a Roman Catholic believer who before his retirement was a diligent and successful insurance executive. During the height of his career, when I was much younger, he would take one week each year and spend it at the Abbey of Gethsemani (http://www.monks.org), a Trappist monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky, the one time … Continue reading What will Randy do while he’s gone?
Some years ago, the elders of my church wisely came up with a sabbatical policy for their full-time pastors. The policy provides a sabbatical of eight weeks away from normal ministry duties every seven years. Since joining the church staff in 2001, I have enjoyed two sabbaticals. During the first one, I traveled, read, … Continue reading Sabbatical Testimony: Mike Osborne
I hope we are all praying for God’s favor in granting Covenant the Lilly funded grant for our upcoming sabbatical season. However, it is prudent and legitimate to consider what a non-grant funded sabbatical would look like. First, it is important to remember that the need for and benefit of a sabbatical do not hinge … Continue reading What if we don’t get the grant?
Churches might be persuaded of the benefits of a sabbatical and yet be scared by its potential costs. That’s understandable. A family might see the benefit of a second car and immediately put it out of mind because of the cost. Churches presume that no matter the value, they can’t consider a sabbatical because of … Continue reading What’s This About a Grant?
Six years ago, our family made an enormous life change in moving from South Carolina to begin a new life in Florida. We left behind a well developed support system of friends, family and church. We knew that one of our first priorities had to be to connect to a new church. We visited a … Continue reading Is This the Right Time for a Sabbatical?
As the wife of a man who was in ministry for 40 of their 47 years of marriage, I believe I can give some insight on the necessity and importance of a pastor’s sabbatical, not only in the life of a congregation but for that pastor’s marriage and family. Let me give you my perspective. … Continue reading My Perspective: A Sabbatical Testimony
It is natural that over time Christians (individuals and organizations) settle into lives that represent our relationship with God, our understanding of His calling, the gifts He has given us, and the roles (responsibilities) we fill in our service to Him. This is good in that it establishes a framework (paradigm) guiding our thoughts and … Continue reading Why Is a Sabbatical Necessary?
Talk of my taking a sabbatical spawns the question (thought, though rarely spoken), "Why are we giving Randy a 13 week vacation?" It’s a great question. ‘Sabbatical’ can easily look like ‘vacation.’ After all, I will stop coming to church. I will stop preaching, stop planning and moderating meetings, stop visiting the sick, stop mentoring … Continue reading What is a sabbatical?