Pastors and other church leaders are invited to join us for the fifth Sabbatical Preparation Workshop, part of the Wahl Centre's Healthy Pastors Initiative. This practical training includes the best practices and insights gleaned from years of experience from multiple organizations, led by wise and experienced ministry mentors.
Sabbatical Preparation Workshop
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and learn to live freely and lightly. “
Matthew 11:28, The Message
Increasingly, churches and church leaders are recognizing the hazards of ceaseless ministry, and the ancient idea of a sabbath rest is being recovered by many churches. Of course, there are challenges to be overcome if a sabbatical is to be effective – both for the church and its pastor, and this workshop from the Wahl Centre seeks to address those issues.
A ministry sabbatical has the potential to be life-transforming and ministry-renewing if careful planning takes place to address such issues as:
- length of sabbatical
- church leadership during the sabbatical
- development of a sabbatical plan
- evaluation and transparency/accountability
- and much more.
Workshop sessions will cover the theology of rest, and will explore the practical issues that need to be considered. Topics will also include the common pitfalls of ministry, such as isolation and stress, and focus on some best practices to foster long-term ministry health. Perhaps more importantly, workshop participants will have an opportunity to participate in a caring community of fellow pastors, for discussion, prayer and peer support.
This is the sixth day-long workshop that we have offered to help pastors and churches prepare for an effective sabbatical. The previous workshops have proven to be highly relevant and helpful, and any pastor (or board member) who wants to explore the idea of sabbatical more carefully and thoroughly should attend.
Cost: Single rate $99, Couple rate $125 (Cost Includes Lunch)
Early Bird Rate: Single rate $79, Couple rate $105 before February 16
Register by: February 27
An article about the 2013 Sabbatical Workshop can be found here.