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How a Pastor’s Sabbatical Made Him Into a Leader-Coach

A second-career pastor, Fred Nelson, of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, has experienced congregational life and pastoral ministry the way most people do — from the "other side."

A second-career pastor, Fred Nelson, of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, has experienced congregational life and pastoral ministry the way most people do — from the "other side." Nelson notes how the development of five purpose-driven teams in his congregation during his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical allowed for a new shared leadership relationship once he returned, and this transformed his vision of his own pastoral role to that of leader-coach.

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