Why Rest is So Important...

In our culture, it is common for people to work for forty-some years, retire, and then rest. 

However, the Bible teaches of the importance of interspersing work and rest with a sabbatical (an extended Sabbath) every seventh year. We believe that if each pastor and leader spent intentional time to create well-thought-out, well-designed and well-timed sabbaticals we would witness far less burn-out and moral failure and would experience exceedingly more fruitful ministries as a result. 

The Great Lakes Region strongly encourages the rhythm of a sabbatical every seventh year to give sustainable energy, perspective, renewal, vision, and rest. We deeply desire and need our pastors to be spiritually healthy, morally fit, visionary, spirit-led, and renewed in their heart, mind and soul. And it is from this place that we can accomplish the mission that God has set before us to seek and save the lost. 

We have provided these resources for you in hopes that throughout your ministry career you will continue to cultivate a well ordered soul. Our desire is not only to resource you in this process, but to support you and be an advocate for you as you seek to put Psalm 23 to the test.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.”

GLR Sabbatical Testimonials

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