Sabbath, rest, planning, download, prayer, family, friends, feast
Articles Church Leaders Podcast

Planning Your Sabbath

A downloadable Sabbath Planning Guide

A good Sabbath rest each week is an essential element of healthy soul care. However, if we just take 24 hours off without any type of plan the day won’t be restful. We will fall back into work or become bored with the day. Soon the Sabbath will become drudgery instead of joy.

I want your Sabbath to be the most joyful, life-giving day of the week. It should be the day that energizes you for all the other days. It should be a source of spiritual vitality and relational connection.

For this reason, I’ve created a Sabbath planning guide. It’s a simple list of questions and suggestions to help you plan your Sabbath day. Work through this guide and you will have a list of joy-giving options to choose from each week.

Resources for Sabbath Planning

If you are new to planning a Sabbath, this guide contains a list of several great books on the subject. I also recommend reading Searching For Shalom, an article I wrote on the importance of Sabbath rest. Christianity Today’s article Sabbath-Keeping for Pastors may also be helpful. Ministry Magazine also offers some questions for pastor to consider.

Also check out the Hope Renewed podcast. Our three episode discussion called Caring for the Pastor’s Soul has a lot of information on Sabbath planning for pastors.

Coaching for Clergy and Ministry Leaders

If you are interested in learning more about Sabbath planning in ministry, PIR Ministries offers a six session coaching plan for Pastors and ministry leaders. We can custom design a coaching process that meets your personal or ministry needs. To learn more about coaching, visit our Clergy Coaching page. There, you will find information on our coaching process and a pricing structure.

What are your thoughts?

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions on how I can improve this Sabbath Planning Guide, please leave them in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

May you know the blessing of resting in God as your weekly Sabbath restores your soul!


Author of 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓’𝒔 𝑮𝒖𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑩𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒕: 𝑨 𝑱𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑬𝒙𝒉𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝑾𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 Zondervan Reflective, March 28, 2023 | West Michigan Regional Director for Pastor-in-Residence Ministries ( | Co-host of the Hope Renewed podcast | Clergy Coach | Certified PRO-D facilitator | Spiritual director | Graduate of the Soul Care Institute | Provides training in soul care and leadership | Consults for churches and leadership teams | Leads workshops and retreats | Served as an ordained pastor for 18 years | MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. | Learn more about Sean at

1 comment on “Planning Your Sabbath

  1. Pingback: Biblical Foundations for Sabbatical — The Pastor's Soul

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.