By David and Marcy Alves
How many years has your pastor served in ministry? How are the pastor and pastoral family doing? Do you realize that those with the pastoral calling are "gifts" to you and the body of Christ? How are you loving and honoring that gift from Christ--your pastor? How have you thanked him/her for the self-sacrifice and faithful service?
More churches than ever are looking for help initiating and navigating a ministry sabbatical for their pastor(s). Many of those churches have realized that "healthy churches are led by healthy leaders." They have been led of the Spirit to love, esteem, and honor their pastor (and pastoral family).
This primer comes alongside the church, providing the rationale, the path, and the means for successfully initiating and navigating a spiritual renewal leave--a Sabbatical--for their beloved pastor(s) and pastoral family. This book is a companion to "A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave."
THIS PRIMER ANSWERS THESE QUESTIONS:
What is a ministry sabbatical or spiritual renewal leave?
Why does my pastor need a ministry sabbatical?
How will a ministry sabbatical benefit our church
Who needs a sabbatical
When should my pastor take a sabbatical
How long should a sabbatical be? What's the criteria
Where can we find the guidance and resources to plan and carry out a sabbatical
How do we begin
What do we do, or what steps do we take before, during, and after the sabbatical?
THE PRIMER OFFERS:
A brief, biblical context and rationale for sabbatical and Sabbath
Practical steps and phases for planning, initiating, and navigating the sabbatical from beginning to reentry
Answers to "honest fears and reservations" church members have regarding sabbaticals
Helpful tools in the appendices, along with other samples of proposals, letters, and a an article on the need for ministry sabbaticals
Encouragement for those who find the whole idea to be overwhelming
Five testimonies of pastor's wives as to how the sabbatical benefited the church, the family, and the pastor
A starting point for sabbatical policies, housing, funding sources, and other helpful information to assist in planning the pastoral sabbatical
Helps for the church to understand the need of a pastoral renewal leave-a ministry sabbatical