Sabbatical offers the opportunity to revitalize and gain new perspective
with "holy play.' "Without a vision, the people perish"
are important words from Proverbs 29:18 for clergy and congregations.
stimulate spiritual, personal and intellectual growth for clergy
person and flock. They build mutual ministry, interdependence
and renewal of Hope and Vision.
Rev. Dr. A. Richard Bullock (Rick) works by designing your sabbatical
with you, your congregation, or a diocesan workshop on funding
and resources, benefits for clergy and congregation, staffing
in your absence, who's in charge of what, questions of exit and
re-entry and bringing your dream to reality in your sabbatical
new book by The Revs. Rick Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff,
Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning,
(Bethesda, Md.), is the new standard for your planning.
Rick Bullock also works with Mutual Ministry Review for clergy
and congregations, staff, organizations and dioceses. Contact
him at CMYMTN, Inc. 503-658-6871 or email email@example.com.
Additional excellent sabbatical resources are: On Pilgrimage,
Douglas C. Vest; Boston, Cowley, 1999; Sabbath: Restoring the
Sacred Rhythm of Rest, Wayne Muller: Bantam; Six Months
Off, Glegozia, Hope, James Scott and David Sharp; New York,
Henry Holt, 1996; Why You Should Give Your Pastor a Sabbatical,
Video, Bethesda, MD,, The Alban Institute, Inc., and Sabbaticals
For Clergy: Special Resources-Summer 2001, The National Organization
for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, 1337 W Ohio,
Chicago, IL 60622 or phone 312-555-1212. "Vestry Papers"
August/September 2001 issue has four articles focused on "Sabbath
& Stress," " What Has Sabbath Got To Do With The
Vestry," "Setting Boundaries Where There are None,"
"Helping Clergy and Congregations Do Sabbatical Preparation"
(Cornerstone 800-697-2858, www.episcopalfoundation.org).
"Congregations: The Alban Journal" July/August 2000
issue has six articles on Sabbaticals. (301-718-3211 or email
Lilly Endowment invites applications for the National Clergy Renewal
Program intended to strengthen congregations by providing an opportunity
for pastors to step away from the demands of daily parish life
and to engage in a period of renewal. Grants up to $30K may be
awarded for sabbatical study. Contact Lilly at 317-916-7302 or
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