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
Sabbatical Policies and FAQs
Pastors are Christ’s ambassadors to hurting and lost people. They have been called to this and find joy in serving God and people; however, it is an intense calling. This ministry – always giving out and serving others – isn’t sustainable without intentional time of stepping away.
The pastor cares at very deep levels with the joy of weddings, graduations, births, etc., but also the anguish of death, tragedies, health failures, divorces, etc. The emotional roller coaster is always a part of the ministry and, even though pastors sustain themselves in prayer, devotion, and the support of family, the 24/7 work does take its toll. The intentional stepping away for a time can be so beneficial to both the pastor and the congregation.
The argument may be raised from those not in vocational ministry that secular careers do not receive sabbaticals. Our response is that the sabbatical is not just for the pastor, but for the congregation as well. Because of the weight, stress, and expectations that can be high and unrelenting, we deeply believe that a sabbatical will raise the pastor to a higher level of leadership, vision, focus and energy which absolutely will benefit the church. Pastors need to be taken out of circulation for a time to re-vision and re-structure their lives in communion with Christ and His Kingdom. Some things require time and solitude, especially when seeking God’s renewal and voice.
Some Things To Consider
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