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Rediscovering faith in the midst of crisis: One Pastor's story

“Trust in God, in concert with trust in the people of my congregation, has transformed my ministry into a light burden. It is like feeling the ‘good tired’ after a long point in a competitive tennis match.” With those words, the Rev. Edward Horstmann encapsulates the outcome of his sabbatical experience, supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. Horstmann’s description of his recovery of deep faith in God in the midst of personal crises and professional stress is a story for all clergy and contains insights that can be adopted even when a sabbatical is not on the horizon. Read Horstmann's story, "Opening the Door to Wonder: The Enduring Gift of Sabbatical," provided by Resources for American Christianity, to learn more about how in learning how to trust, he rediscovered his faith in the midst of crisis.

Edward Horstmann describes what he calls "certain fundamental shifts" that have taken place in the way that he regards and practices ministry, the most important of which is the restoration of a sense of wonder.

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