What is sabbatical?
A sabbatical is a period of intentional separation for the church and the rector for the expressed purpose of deeper growth in the Lord and rest and refreshment for the leader. Special leave is planned from normal duties to spend an extended period of time in study, reflection, and renewal. It is customary in the Anglican tradition for clergy to take sabbatical every 7-10 years. This will be Father Shay’s first sabbatical in his ten years as a priest. Sabbatical leave is important for long-term, healthy leadership and allows Father Shay and all church members to live into our vision of being known for confident leaders.
The Guidelines for Sabbatical Leave of our diocese describe it this way: Sabbatical leave is not a vacation, nor is it only continuing education; it is to promote a priest’s spiritual, intellectual and emotional renewal and growth. Sabbaticals are also a time for the clergy to reflect on his or her life, parish, mission, call and goals for the future, in order to be a more effective minister of the Gospel and shepherd God’s people.
What are the benefits for the congregation?
When is our sabbatical?
How can church members get involved in the sabbatical process?