What is a sabbatical, and why is it important? How does it fit into the overall worker wellness picture? And why should ministries encourage their leaders to take one?
These are just a few of the questions we’ll be looking to answer when a new sabbatical toolkit launches later this year. It is a resource we are developing that will help support worker resiliency — a key focal point for the NOW District in 2023.
What can you expect?
You can expect to find out how and why to create a sabbatical, as well as what obstacles you may encounter along the way. There will be a special section just for congregations as they work to address their role in the process (spoiler alert: it’s a HUGE part). Many congregations want to be able to offer this worker wellness benefit but don’t know where to even begin; this document will be a starting point. A resource page will also offer leads to help track down more information.
The toolkit will additionally feature one-page case studies from pastors who have experienced a sabbatical and/or developed guidelines for their own congregations to use. You’ll hear real stories of why a sabbatical benefits both the worker and the ministry, with contact info for asking follow-up questions. And if you have taken a sabbatical at any point in the past, we are seeking submissions to be included. Please consider sharing your story! We’ll collect these through June 1.
We want this to be a one-stop shop for all things sabbatical for workers and congregations all along the West Coast (and beyond).
Keep watching our website for more info!