Sabbatical for Potomac District Ministers
There is value in taking a sabbatical. Approximately 30 ministers, including myself, have taken a sabbatical since the Potomac District adopted the following guidelines in 1993.
Recognizing that ministers who have been in ministry consistently for 7 to 10 years need a break, the presbytery adopted the following plan at its meeting June 15, 1993.
- When a minister has been in successive ministry for 7 to 10 years, preferably in one place, though this is not required, he is eligible for a 1-month sabbatical.
- The recommendation for a sabbatical will be at the initiation of the district superintendent and must be approved by the board of presbyters or the executive committee.
- The minister, in consultation with the district superintendent, will choose to engage in personal and ministerial development experiences for 1 week.
- The minister and his family will vacation for 2 weeks.
- The minister may do whatever he chooses for 1 week.
- Absolutely no preaching or ministry assignments will be allowed during the sabbatical.
- The district superintendent will arrange with the pastor and church board for a minister to fill the pulpit during the sabbatical.
- The district superintendent and the church board will work out a payment arrangement for the supply minister.
- The district superintendent and the church board will arrange to give the minister a $1,500 gift or more for his sabbatical.
- The church will continue to pay the pastor at his regular salary and perks during this time.
Robert H. Rhoden, D.Min., Gainesville, Virginia.