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September 2012
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4 reasons sabbaticals are helpful for church leaders

A sabbatical is a prolonged Sabbath. Sabbath is ceasing. It is stopping at regular intervals so that we can both rest and gain new perspective through listening – listening to God and to what’s going on inside our own souls. Many of us are much more attuned to the subtleties of our congregation that we are to our own heart. Sabbath is creating space to stop and listen. This is why God offered His people a Sabbath every week: It was intended to be a life-restoring gift.
 
The point of taking a sabbatical is to obtain some much-needed rest. Ministry is spiritually and emotionally demanding. Unless we are continually refueling, we can run dangerously dry.

Here are six things we’ve learned over the years as pastors and church leaders have attended Kerith Creek during their sabbaticals.

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FROM SCRIPTURE
"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.” 

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message, paraphrase)
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