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