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In many cases, congregations may declare, “We can’t afford it.” This kind of reaction is more likely if the church is experiencing a budget crisis at the time of a sabbatical leave request or has failed to make adequate preparations for the funding of sabbaticals. Careful planning, however, can assure a sabbatical’s fiscal feasibility.
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Jan 1, 2014 · Most congregations cannot afford to allow a year, with three to four months being more common. In addition, it should be spelled out which months are sabbatical and which are part of yearly vacation leave. 2. Plan the way you will spend it. The pastor must decide on a specific study or spiritual-growth program for the sabbatical period. 3.
- Steve Dulin
- There’s never a good time to go on a sabbatical. Something else will always be happening, but I go because I see the blessings and benefits of it, even if it’s just for two or three days.
- Find a place where you’re not easily distracted. It doesn’t have to be a freezing cabin in the woods, but it should be somewhere you and God can be alone.
- Start preparing for your sabbatical about a week ahead of time. Begin to consciously slow down your mind and thoughts so you will be prepared to focus on the Lord rather than work, projects, and issues.
- Bring plenty of paper, pens, pencils, and highlighters.
A Sabbatical Guide For Pastors By Bill Gaultiere Soul Shepherding’s Sabbatical Guide for Pastors has been downloaded over 30,000 times so far. We (Drs. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere) are thankful that pastors, leaders, and missionaries like you have found this resource helpful and then shared it with your church staff or ministry colleagues.
May 6, 2021 · A sabbatical is a time for stopping; an extended period of paid leave when a pastor steps back from visible responsibilities in the local church he serves. It is a time for - Rest - physical, mental, spiritual. Refreshment - physical, mental, spiritual. Recharging the batteries. Reflection on what has happened and what the future holds.