Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning

by A. Richard Bullock, Richard J. Bruesehoff. The Alban Institute, 2000.

Planned time away from the congregation for study, rest, and spiritual renewal can be beneficial—and often necessary—for any pastor, as well as for the congregation. Pastoral sabbaticals can help keep ministry vital and growing for the long term. The authors provide a guide for planning a sabbatical and discuss the benefits for both the pastor and the congregation. The book also includes practical advice on sabbatical policies, rituals for sending and welcoming back the pastor, funding possibilities, and places to go while on sabbatical.