10. To Practice Spiritual Disciplines
Pastors run from meeting to meeting, fitting in sermon prep when applicable and visitation to church members as well. While some believe pastors only work one day a week, I can testify from watching my husband that this is not the case.
Taking a sabbatical is important because pastors can focus on improving their relationships with God. They can take extended periods of time sitting in silence, talking, and listening to God and journaling about what he is saying to them; they need to make time and room for God. How can a pastor serve his congregations well if he is over-exhausted, overworked, and overwhelmed?
Pastors are leaving the ministry at an alarming rate, suffering burnout, and putting a strain on every facet of their lives. But sabbaticals can revitalize dying spiritual lives, give necessary help to marriages, and give pastors’ minds and bodies rest. When a sabbatical ends, the church receives the biggest benefit, as a pastor returns to his flock rejuvenated, and hopefully inspired to take his job as a shepherd to a whole new level.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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