It’s good to be back! After 28 years of ministry and 15 as Lead Pastor at C3 Church I took my first sabbatical. I spent 6 weeks to get rest and refreshed for the next season of my life. In talking with other pastors, some tell me that 6 weeks isn't a sabbatical! You need at least 3-4 months. That may be true but for my first one I think 6 weeks was perfect. And I can’t tell you how many Pastors I’ve talked to that have never taken an extended break. In the coming days and weeks I will be unpacking all that God did in my life, as well as my wife Martha. But I thought I would share with you the 7 Keys that helped me stay focused, productive and stress free on my sabbatical. Here are the 7 R’s….
I won’t wait another 15 years to take an extended time off. In fact I’ve come away with this that there are disciplines and a rhythm that we need to put into our lives so that our life and our ministry can flourish and our time off can be even more fruitful.
If you are a pastor and you’ve never taken an extended time off you need to. You won’t realize how much you need one until you do. God has called us to not only start strong but to finish strong! And I want to hear those words, “Well done Matt, My good and faithful servant.”