A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave

by David C. Alves. Paupakpress, 2014.

This book advocates for practices and policies that ensure a sabbatical for every pastor, citing why they are necessary and addressing common fears such as maintaining ministry and planning for funding.


creating a life mission statement, what to do during sabbatical, how to plan for funding, why sabbaticals are necessary

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Create policies that ensure sabbaticals by reading this book and sharing it with your governing body.
  • Plan a sabbatical that provides rest and renewal by creating a life mission statement found in the appendix.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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