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A Desert Experience

Recounting the healing experience of her sabbatical, Ann E. Helmke, of The Peace Center in San Antonio, asks, "When did much of the Church at-large abandon the sense and reality... read more >

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The Decalogue and Leadership

Kevin Phillips, of St. Timothy Episcopal Church, draws on the insights of Martin Buber, John Macmurray and Daniel Elazar in order to show how the ten commandments apply outside of... read more >

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A Clergy Sabbatical: God’s 'Set-Aside' for the Soul

Lawrence Pray, of First Congregational UCC in Big Timber, Montana, compares his sabbatical experience as a “set-aside time” akin to the practice of farmers when they "set aside" certain parts of their acreage so that the earth can be renewed and provide in the future more plentiful harvests.

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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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Reflections on a Broken Sabbatical

Walter Hermanns, of the Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin, offers a refreshing draft of insights into the possibilities and locales for ministry that he discovered unexpectedly from the vantage point of a wheelchair during his sabbatical.

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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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In Search of Sanctuary: A Journey Into Silence Finds God’s Peace

Linda Jo Peters, of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, discovers keys to becoming a source of peace in the disciplines of silence found in prayer, Sabbath taking and receiving blessings.

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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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