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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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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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Brick by Brick, Sunday by Sunday: Creating God, Creating Still

Talitha Arnold, of the United Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico, considers the lessons that the church might well learn from Renaissance artists who persistently embraced creativity as a calling akin to that of the Creator, despite the risk of failure and the inevitable imperfection of the works of human hands.

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Reflections on Sabbatical Exploration of Celtic Spirituality

Virginia Herring, of Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, recounts a pilgrimage with her daughters into Celtic spirituality that has taught her to "bless the more mundane parts of ordained life" as the ever new beginning of a desperately needed reconciling ministry.

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The Ministry of Mentoring in the 21st Century Church

Amy McCreath, an Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the historic and present needs and challenges for Christian mentoring especially with what she calls the present "open source" generation in a post-modern society of increasing complexity.

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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, 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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