I had never know that a true sabbatical lasts one year. The sabbatical is an expression of love that goes both ways, from the congregation to the pastor and then back from him to us. Once you have made up your mind what you want a sabbatical for, it is time to think about how to arrange one. God has called us to the ministry. God has been talking me about The sabbath for a long time.
I found reading very helpful during my journey. I think I would have made the same decision. You also have the opportunity, should you wish, to use a career break as an opportunity to try something completely new and change your career direction, without having to return to your old job after a few months. I would feel the need to respond to thousands of emails. I didn't want it to describe me. Why is a Sabbatical Important? I was working a lot and stressed. I have served in my present post two churches — 60 hour work weeks — part-time salary for the last 18 years.
Why I took a sabbatical year Since I was a kid, I dreamed of growing up to be a traveler and adventurer. My strongest partner in ministry is my wife. Sabbaticals and gap years have long been used to volunteer, and use your skills in other parts of the world. Of course it may also drive you to kill each other. Repay part of the money that the Elders decided I had not measured up to using right, according to their way of thinking? In every church where I have served as pastor there have always been people who thought my salary was too much because it was more than they made even though I sacrificed to receive a masters degree and many of them did not bother to do anything bet get out of high school.
By taking a sabbatical, you may have no job to return to. I tried to take a Paternity leave when my second child was born, but before you jump up and down and start screaming, it consisted of not keeping office hours for a few weeks. From the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, I wanted to do my best to avoid this. In the business world, that would be considered absurd. And I am convinced that more lay leaders need to insist their pastors take regular breaks even beyond vacations.
Which brings us back to original purpose of a sabbath — yes? How can you use your time off to get closer to these ideals? Everyone I know who has taken a leap like this has reached a similar crossroads at one point or another myself included. It had been such a valuable experience that I decided right then and there that I would do this every year going forward. I camped in Patagonia during a 2009 sabbatical, and those pictures have me wanting to go back. I got quotes for airline tickets and itineraries. Not only am I able to get some emotional rest and good work done, but I come back fired up and ready to go for the new ministry year. We traveled two months together and had the time of our lives.
This one thing probably gave me 4 days of time back. My husband, in addition to full-time pastoring, also has a side job. Julie, Please get your husband to a doctor. Thank you Thom for your ensight and help. I fell head first into the driveway, resulting in a broken rib, a gash in my head requiring stitches, a concussion and several weeks being laid up in recovery.
I had to get away to find my voice again. Let us know if you need any info! While my savings are still sufficient to sustain myself for some time, they clearly go down. Taking a sabbatical and being able to spend time with your family on a daily basis without the interruptions of the daily grind can be liberating. I was able to plan out an entrie years worth of messages and had several days when outside of ordering a cup of coffee or lunch, the only One I talked to all day was The Lord. I was 22 when I was called to Mt Carmel. In the business world it would be like being sent away for a few weeks of training. On the plus side, by resigning from your job you have total freedom to take a career break for as long as you like because you are no longer tied to the organisation.
Last summer, our superintendent and board for the Eastern District Association realized that I had never been offered a sabbatical and determined that I should start planning one for early 2018. I worked with congregations who were truly afraid their Pastor would leave them if they gave him more than a two week vacation. The company had lost half workforce in the last 3-4 years. I have the great calling of serving my Lord and ministering to His flock. I was able to read lots of good stuff last year. We need time to de-stress, to get re-energized, to find inspiration, to get motivated.