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?