Sabbatical Resources

This page contains links to helpful resources for churches considering or planning a congregation-wide sabbatical.


Lilly Endowment Grant

Louisville Institute Grant

Wheatland Grant (Not clear if this is still available, but it has a lot of really great info in the PDF file)

Presbyterian Church (USA) Sabbatical Assistance Program

Articles to Read

The Transformational Effects of Sabbatical in Leadership Development

Sabbatical Leave Handbook

Sabbaticals – The Necessary Option

Congregations Need Sabbatical and Jubilee

Renewal Time: Planning Your Sabbatical (Near bottom, mentions congregational sabbatical)

Pastor’s Sabbatical Spurs Congregations Creative Streak

Going on Sabbatical Together

How to Score Your Sabbatical

How to Plan Your Sabbatical

Caring For the Pastor: The Sabbatical

Rationale for Sabbatical Leave

Don’t Make Your Pastor a Statistic

Pastor Burn-Out Statistics

My Sabbatical and My Evolution as a Leader-Coach

What Difference does a Pastoral Sabbatical Make: What Pastors and Congregations Have to Say

Taking a Sabbatical From Church

Clergy Renewal Programs (Part I): Taking Time to Renew Ministerial Vocations 

Clergy Renewal Programs (Part II): Renewal is Key to Pastors’ Sabbaticals

Sabbatical Resources

Sabbaticals for Pastors

The Dark Side of Sabbatical (A guide on what NOT to do and how to avoid certain pitfalls or mistakes)

Unusual Sabbaticals

Sabbatical Leave Resources

Pinterest Page on Sabbatical Ideas


The Alban Guide to Clergical Renewal

A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave by David C. Alves

Journeying Toward Renewal: A Spiritual Companion for Pastoral Sabbaticals by Melissa Bane Sevier

The Sabbath by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (not about Sabbaticals specifically, but Sabbath in general – filled with beautiful, inspiring, profound truths about the Sabbath.)


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