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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!


Sean Nemecek is the West Michigan Regional Director for Pastor-in-Residence Ministries ( He also writes a blog called The Pastor’s Soul ( and is a co-host for the Hope Renewed podcast. Before joining PIR, Sean served as a pastor in a local church for almost 18 years. As a third-generation pastor, he loves to serve pastors in the areas of personal soul care, leadership, and consulting and workshops for churches or leadership teams. Copy and paste this link to subscribe to Sean's PIR ministry newsletter.

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