Sabbaticals

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Webster defines “Sabbatical” as: “A period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc.” Does your church have a Sabbatical Policy? If so, who gets one? Just the Senior Pastor? Just the Executive Team? All the pastors? How often?

 

Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

July 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

I was a young 20-something, eager to get ahead, and interviewing for a promotion to Project Manager. My boss at the time gave me this little bit of wisdom as she described the role, “You’ll [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Sabbatical Policy of the Westminster Church of [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Sabbatical Policy from Bel Air Presbyterian Church [...]

True Confessions of a Decent Horse

August 30th, 2013|Comments Off on True Confessions of a Decent Horse

“My good Horse, you’ve lost nothing but your self-conceit. No, no, cousin. Don’t put back your ears and shake your mane at me. If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, [...]

Sabbatical On-Ramps and Off-Ramps

August 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Sabbatical On-Ramps and Off-Ramps

One of the keys to a successful sabbatical has nothing to do with what you do on your sabbatical itself, but everything to do with how you transition into and out of it. For twenty years I have [...]

The Spiritual Benefits of a Sabbatical—For the Servant and the Kingdom

June 7th, 2013|Comments Off on The Spiritual Benefits of a Sabbatical—For the Servant and the Kingdom

Just the word Sabbatical conjures up all sorts of mystery. You might be contemplating whether you should take a sabbatical—if your church provides one for you. Perhaps you are thinking of asking for a sabbatical [...]

Get the Most From Your Sabbatical

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Get the Most From Your Sabbatical

Recently, our church gave my wife and I the gift of an eight-week sabbatical. It exceeded my expectations, by a long shot. My last sabbatical was devoted to writing a dissertation. Thankfully, this one was quite [...]

Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara? Summary Article

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara? Summary Article

“I talked about my sabbatical from the pulpit,” said Pastor Mark Brewer. “I even brought up the Elders at each of the three services, and brought up all of the pastoral staff. But, the congregation [...]

Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara?

“I talked about my sabbatical from the pulpit,” said Pastor Mark Brewer. “I even brought up the Elders at each of the three services, and brought up all of the pastoral staff. But, the congregation still had [...]