According to Wikipedia, a “Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year.” It comes from Genesis, God rested on the 7th day after he created the world and in doing so, set an example for us to rest or cease as well.
Our church and elders have given us the biggest blessing this summer! They have provided us with a 10 week Sabbatical to rest and renew and come back with a fresh vision. Many of you remember that this past March our church celebrated a 7 year anniversary. Going hand in hand with our 7th year at Kinetic, we are getting a Sabbath time to “cease” doing church business for a few months.
As church planters or anyone in ministry, you know how hard ministry can be. There are times we get worn out and torn down and yet have to be ready for the next thing that comes our way. Over time this can really take its toll, even if you try to rest in Christ daily and refresh weekly. Sometimes you just need a break.
So that is what we’ve got this summer, a break. We still have camps and a conference, and I am writing a book about church planting wives (Bloom Where You’re Planted – more about that later), but the day to day maintenance of church business is on hiatus until mid August. I will write more about this Sabbatical over the summer as God teaches and grows me (and Dave) in this area of our lives.