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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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Pastor’s Sabbatical Helps Him Experience Strands of Religious Diversity

Jim Papile, of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston, Virginia, wanted to travel to places where Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy and contemporary American culture were dominant in order to experience how the faithful expressed their religious beliefs in their day-to-day lives.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor, Family ‘New Sight’

Malcolm Young, of Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, California,and his family expected their pilgrimage to Africa to help them build better neighbors, to understand their own faith and the conflicts within it.

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Pastor's Sabbatical Helps Him Find God in Unexpected Places

Mike Mather, of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recalls that his two sabbatical experiences in India, Bangladesh, South Africa and New Mexico allowed him the space in his life to search in the "unlooked for" where he found clear evidence of God's abundance in the most unlikely places and lessons in persistent faith despite what appeared to be intractable obstacles.

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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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Four Intersections: Family, Friends, Faith and Culture

Traveling from Kenya through Egypt to Bethlehem, Robert Henderson, of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, rediscovered the life-giving nature of friendships both in and out of the context of ministry and the surprising adaptability of the Christian faith in challenging cultural environments.

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Before and After: Pastor Reflects on Sabbatical and Ministry

William Gaskill, of the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, New Jersey, recounts a sabbatical embedded within the context of grief and healing

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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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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."

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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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