By Callie J. Smith | This past fall, the Huffington Post featured a striking article by Beth Sirull. This article explores the concept of sabbatical leaves for nonprofit leaders, describing them as beneficial for not only the leaders but also for the organizations and communities they serve. This connection between the well-being of leaders and that of their communities warrants the attention of faith communities, as well.
By congregation members from St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock, IL | Our primary goal was to provide our rector with 16 weeks away from all responsibility at the congregation so that she might be relieved, refreshed, and renewed for the years that lie before us, together in ministry. We wanted her to be able to delegate more of the minutia of parish life to others.
By congregation members from First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC | Hanging in one of the main hallways of the narthex is a work of art entitled “Sabbath Tree” (shown here) by one of our local artists and congregants. This piece, dedicated to the church and pastor’s sabbatical, stands as a long term reminder of the work we did together that summer. Ultimately, it stands as a testament to the essentialness of Sabbath in a Christian’s life.
By congregation members of Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, NY | Our goal was very simple and clear. We wanted to provide our senior pastor, who has been our congregation’s guide, model and friend for 20 years, with a sabbatical to rest, refuel, and reconnect with his immediate and extended family.
By Seana Murphy | The blessings of joy, abundance, faith, and hope are manifest in the life of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, every day. The clergy renewal grant has provided the leadership of this wonderful church the needed opportunity to fully engage the challenge and the promise of the mission statement: As followers of Jesus Christ, responding to God’s love, our mission of the people of Broadway Church is to be a multicultural Christian Community that seeks, welcomes, and values all people.
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