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By Michael Lewis
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Pastor, you need rest. You
were built to rest. God uses healthy pastors to build healthy churches. That’s
why you and your church’s partnership in working through a sabbatical ministry
plan may be one of the most important decisions you make about the future
health of your church.
As a pastor for more than 25 years—in both
large churches and small—I know what you’re thinking. I can’t ask for more vacation time. My church will think I’m lazy.
You’re wrong. Sabbaticals aren’t vacations.
They’re a scheduled time of extended rest for your spiritual refreshment and
renewal, ideally developed jointly by you and your congregation. Typically, it
won’t be longer than three months. My hope is that your church will fully
support you in this by providing continued salary and benefits during this time
and by providing for some of your other expenses.
Why take a sabbatical?
At the North American Mission Board (NAMB),
we believe local churches—and the pastors who lead them—are the front-line
forces for pushing back lostness throughout the continent. It’s a huge task. To
do this, we need to all be at top strength. Pastor, that includes you.
For more resources to help you begin this
conversation with the lay leadership of your church, visit NAMB’s pastoral
care and development website (namb.net/pastor-support).
Michael Lewis (@pastor4pastors)
serves as the North American Mission Board’s executive director of pastoral
care and development.
Date Created: 5/26/2015 12:58:02 PM
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