How To Plan A Sabbatical, with Karl Vaters (Ep 050)

Pastors don't get work breaks unless we take them. And our brains and hearts don't get a rest unless it's a long break.

In this solo podcast, I talk about the importance of taking extended breaks as pastors.

Also, I’ll talk about taking my upcoming sabbatical. It’s the first I’ve taken in over 40 years in ministry. It’s not because of burnout, but to avoid burnout.

I talk about:

  • Why I’m taking a sabbatical (and why they matter for pastors)
  • An important lesson on time management from the life of the Apostle Paul
  • What my sabbatical will look like
  • How I plan to get the most out of it
  • How I plan to report afterwards about lessons learned

While I’m gone, we’ll have regular podcasts coming out that I’ve pre-recorded, plus weekly articles and the newsletter – all pre-written and set to launch automatically while we’re away.

Bonus Chat

Karl talks about the DREAM acronym he will be using on his sabbatical:

  • Disengage from ministry and reengage with God
  • Reconnect by spending quality time with family and friends
  • Evaluate your ministry
  • Assess your needs
  • Move into your new way of living

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