About Sabbaticals

How sabbaticals are taken varies among churches and denominations. Here at West Shore Free Church, ministerial staff can apply for a three-month sabbatical after every seven years of employment. On the sabbatical, pastors allot their time to specific criteria given by the elder board. We call it the “Six R’s”:

  • Rest: Seeking purposeful rest from the busy schedule and work of ministry
  • Recreate: Doing enjoyable activities
  • Revive: Investing in relationships with Christ and family
  • Reload: Learning for the development of skills, perspectives and innovation in ministry
  • Refocus: Seeking God’s direction for the future
  • Return: Preparing to re-enter daily ministry in ways helpful to the church and staff