In their efforts to show care for their pastors, DCE's, or other professional church workers, congregations sometimes consider providing them with a sabbatical. A sabbatical is an opportunity for a church worker to experience an extended time of rest and renewal so that they may return to their ministry well rested, sharper, and focused. If your congregation is interested in providing your church worker with a sabbatical, Ministry Sabbatical Resources is a very helpful resource to plan and implement the sabbatical, for the benefit of both the church worker and the congregation.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up