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The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.

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Being Still: A Spiritual Gift for Ministry and Mission Effectiveness

Angelique Walker-Smith of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, recounts a sabbatical that underscored the importance of finding approaches that would more carefully define the difference between a focus on “the doing” of ministry tasks versus “the being” in ministry.

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Sabbatical As Fitting Room — A Pastoral Paradigm

After thirty-three years in the ordained ministry, James E. Lamkin, of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, offers three seminal pieces of his credo that can help other parish clergy pay attention to the emotional processes within their congregation.

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Pastor Steps Out of 'Comfort Zone' During Sabbatical

Marion D. Aldridge, of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, developed his sabbatical plans to ensure "scheduled shocks" that would help him attend to the voices of those in his church and culture that the Christian community has for too long ignored.

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A Lifelong Pull Into an Unlikely Dance

James E. Wolff, senior pastor at Lawndale Christian Reformed Church in Chicago, recounts a remarkable event during a clergy sabbatical when the Holy Spirit connected the "word read" with the... read more >

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Pastor Studies Future of ‘Name Brand’ American Protestant Church

Faced with a group of potential members from a new generation who drifted away after finding the church wanting, Robert Kyte, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dalton, Massachusetts, employed his time on sabbatical to ask whether there is a future for the traditional "name brand" (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC) American Protestant churches.

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Sabbatical Helps Pastor Discover Power of Sacred Places, Practices

Joseph Phelps, of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, was neither burned out nor questioning his calling.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor Flight from Fear, Pathway to a New Song

Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death.

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Sabbatical Leads Pastor to Feel Fully Alive

Juliette Marsh Williams, of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Altadena, California, recalls how her Louisville Institute sabbatical unexpectedly drew her to look beyond the gift of an extended period of... read more >

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Sabbatical Helps Revive Pastor’s Love for Community

Quoting Ron Heifetz's dictum that leaders need to "get to the balcony" every once in a while to gain perspective...

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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