For the month of June I have had the pleasure, honor, and privilege of going through a sermon series at Redeemer Fellowship while Pastor Joe is away on Sabbatical. It has been a wonderful time and I am very appreciative for the love, encouragement, and patience the people of Redeemer have shown me.
After two weeks of Pastor Joe being on sabbatical, I am pleased to report that the church has not imploded and shut its doors. The worst that has happened is that once a guest realized during the first week that Pastor Joe was away and they were stuck with me, got up and left at the beginning of the sermon.
I know that statement is ridiculous, yet when the topic of Sabbatical is brought up, some give the impression that if a church allows their pastor to go on one that it would kill the church. Sabbaticals do not kill churches.
There seems to be a lack of understanding when it comes to the practice of sabbaticals: what it is/what it is not, the benefits, how to develop a policy, and how to implement and plan out a sabbatical. Over the next week I hope to offer thoughts on the subjects listed above to help churches offer (and pastors receive) the blessing of a sabbatical.
Come back Wednesday for the next segment in this series focusing on the sin that surrounds churches and pastors from not implementing the practice of a ministry sabbatical .