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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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Constellations of Meaning: Looking Beyond the Milky Way

Taking the advice she gave to new ministers that they should "read everything, love wildly and have fun," Catherine MacLean, of St. Paul's United Church in Edmonton, Canada, found in her Louisville Institute sabbatical that "carving study time — reading that doesn't have an immediate connection to Sunday — bears fruit in the practice of ministry."

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Sabbath: Sabbatical Offers Pastor Time for Reflection on a New Beginning

Donald Gillett II, of East Second Street Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky, says that he needed time to "restore my soul, ... refresh my well, ... reconnect with family, friends and my first love — God."

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The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.

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“Hozho” - Finding Harmony to Walk in Beauty's Way

Her discovery brought her to understand how the creative arts might be helpful in restoring sanity and soul to the pastor and congregation and be instrumental in connection both to the "Ground of All Being."

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Opening the Door to Wonder: The Enduring Gift of Sabbatical

Edward Horstmann, Senior Minister at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut, describes what he calls "certain fundamental shifts" that have taken place in the way that he regards and practices ministry

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An Invitation to Rest: What a Clergy Renewal Grant Can Do for You

Allen Burris, of Mitchell Church of Christ in Mitchell, Indiana, describes his pastoral sabbatical,

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O Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

Taking two areas of great interest to him seriously — the renewal of the Sabbath and the Slow Food movement — Kurt M. Billings of St. James Lutheran Church, in Verona, Wisconsin, fashioned a sabbatical through the Lilly Clergy Renewal Program that allowed him to discover that Sabbath rest is different from simply collapsing after a long work week

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Beyond the Howl of Coyotes: Reflections on a Good Sabbatical

Focusing his Louisville Institute sabbatical project around studying and praying the Psalms, William G. Carter of First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, looked to two quite different sites

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