Because of some of the unique challenges of pastoral ministry and to provide a focused time for growth and leadership development, Faith Community has a Sabbatical Policy for our pastors. So periodically a pastor will go on sabbatical to rest, refresh and recharge and learn. Last year, Pastor Larry Szyman was on a three-month sabbatical. This year the elders approved for me to go on a three-month sabbatical. This comes at a great time for me and for FCC. I have been pastoring since 2001. I haven’t had a sabbatical yet, and I could use the rest and recharge. Our oldest son is going to college in the fall, and I am excited to spend a little more time with him before he leaves. And, lastly, we are a little over halfway through our five-year strategic plan, with which we are seeking to create a culture of discipleship with an evangelistic ethos. I want to grow in my evangelistic abilities and skills. I, also, want to learn from evangelistic churches around the country on their best practices for ways we can do everything we can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus. I will start my Sabbatical on May 13 and will return to preaching and leading again on August 25.
During the summer, we will have other FCC pastors and guest preachers lead us through the book of Psalms. This series will be teaching us how to bring the real you to the real God in prayer and praise. This is going to be a great teaching series. I am very excited for it.
Please pray for me and my family. Pray that I get rest during the sabbatical and that I am able to recharge for the next steps in our strategic plan. I have been praying that God would help me become more evangelistic, that our leaders would grow in evangelism, and that sharing the gospel would be the air we breathe. Please pray that I would learn and grow and be equipped.