Invest in Your Pastor's Joy for the Good of the Church
Author: Sean Nemecek
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 (pirministrie.org) | 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 seannemecek.com
A sabbatical is one way of honoring your pastor both spiritually and financially. It may feel like an extra expense to the church but it’s really an investment in the pastor’s faith and future ministry.
Sometimes success is exhausting. We work so hard to achieve a goal that once we reach it, there is nothing left in the tank and we crash into deep fatigue. This is normal, we cannot expect our output to remain at this high level without needed to rest deeply at some point.
When people object to the practice of sabbatical by saying it’s not biblical, they are really imposing their own cultural standards onto the scriptures. They are twisting the scriptures to match their own experience and encouraging us to follow the example of disobedient Israel.