Sabbaticals for Ministers: The Benefits for Pastors and Congregations


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by Dale Wolyniak. Focus on the Family. Accessed April 14, 2017.

What is the biblical basis for sabbaticals? Why does my pastor - and my congregation - need one? How do we plan a sabbatical? In this well-researched and visually pleasing publication from Focus on the Family, experienced pastor and teacher, Wolyniak, makes a clear and compelling case for the ministry sabbatical. He also provides guidance on the nuts and bolts of planning, including finances, leadership roles during the pastor’s absence, follow up, and accountability. The section explaining how the ministry sabbatical differs from academic and business sabbaticals could help interpret this unique type of sabbatical for congregations. A Reference and Resource guide lists books, retreat centers and websites for further exploration. (Note that some entries may be out of date.) Congregations wishing to establish a sabbatical policy will find a template for reference or adaptation. This 25-page article can be downloaded free of charge.

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