The C.E.O. of Lifeway gives five reasons why he recommends that churches provide a sabbatical for their pastor(s).

…The pastor is given paid leave for rest, rejuvenation and, perhaps, deeper study. I would love to see churches of all sizes provide this requirement of their pastor, even if it’s only for a few days.

I have the opportunity to work with lay leaders and pastors. I have a pretty good view of both perspectives. And I am convinced that more lay leaders need to insist their pastors take regular breaks even beyond vacations….

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Two ministries that encourage this rest for renewal are Shepherd’s Haven of Rest (retreats) and Harvest Baptist Christian Ministries (discounted cabin).