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understanding sabbaticals

Understanding Sabbaticals

How You Can Support Your Pastor

pastors need support
Pastors Need Support
  • Ex. 17:12 “But Moses’ hands were heavy. then they took a stone and put it unter him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.”
today s pastors
Today’s Pastors
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses are discouraged or dealing with depression

- Focus on the Family

  • 75% of pastors consider quitting the ministry
  • 70% of pastors report they do NOT have someone they consider a close friend
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Today’s Pastors

80% of pastors believe the ministry has negatively affected their family

49% their family has suffered significantly

6000 Southern Baptist pastors leave the ministry each year

all of this
All of this…
  • Studies have shown the most effective ministry occurs under the leadership of long term pastors
  • Implications for the church:

to be effective in our ministries we must help our pastors be leaders that last!

why is it so tough
Why is it so tough?
  • On call 24 x 7
  • Deal with life and death
  • Weight of eternal issues
  • Major life crisis situation, divorce, jail, suicide, etc.
  • High stress
  • CEO of small corporation
  • Teacher, public speaker
how can we hold up our pastors arms
How can we hold up our pastors arms?
  • Pray regularly for your pastor & family
  • “have his back” – look out for him; don’t allow others to speak negatively
  • Protect his day(s) off
  • Pay him as well as possible
  • Let him know you appreciate him
  • Be kind and thoughtful to his family
  • Offer a Sabbatical
what is a sabbatical
What is a ‘Sabbatical’?
  • Biblical foundations in Genesis & Leviticus
  • Genesis and Leviticus speak of "Sabbath time" in terms of days, years, and land usage.
  • a gift of rest for both renewal and hope
  • Scripture infers that regular, periodic rejuvenation is vital in all areas of life
purpose of sabbaticals
Purpose of Sabbaticals
  • A sabbatical feeds the body, mind, and soul resulting in renewed, refreshed, and revitalized energy to function as a shepherd and servant leader.
it creates an opportunity for the minister to
It creates an opportunity for the minister to: :
  • recapture a sense of vision,
  • be nurtured in faith and skills,
  • become introspective,
  • rekindle spiritual passion,
  • refocus priorities,
  • review the ministerial journey, and
  • reflect on the call of God for life and ministry
what a sabbatical is
What a ‘Sabbatical’ is:
  • An opportunity to allow the minister to be away from the congregation for an extended time period.
  • Not a vacation, but
  • a time for intentional exploration and reflection
  • drinking anew from God's life-giving waters
  • personal study & renewal
  • regaining the enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.
some guidelines
Some Guidelines…
  • A minister should design a sabbatical that is unique to his/her personal requirements. When Jesus retreated, he went to a mountain or out on a boat. He designed his time away based on the inner needs in his life.
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Some Guidelines…
  • Sabbaticals should be planned with the church's leadership.
  • agreed-upon understanding of the purpose and goals for the time away
  • planned to give balanced time for personal relaxation and other components such as education, travel, etc
a sabbatical proposal include
A Sabbatical Proposal Include:
  • What the minister desires to accomplish during the sabbatical.
  • A description of the sabbatical plan, with timelines, and activities.
  • Detailed congregational leadership assignments during the minister's absence.
  • A specific declaration of expected budget expenses.
  • The preparation of an evaluation form to assess church life during the sabbatical.  
the anticipated results
The Anticipated Results:
  • Following a sabbatical, a minister often resumes congregational leadership with a fresh spirit and a renewed passion
  • A healthier leader resulting

in a healthier church

how you can help
How you can help…
  • Pray for your pastor & family while away
  • Remain faithful in attendance, giving and serving
  • Be prepared to support new vision and passion for ministry!