March 08, 2009

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What A Pastoral Sabbatical Means to Me Tomorrow begins my first pastoral sabbatical. Every pastor at New Life who has been on staff for seven years or more is being given a one month sabbatical that can be combined with vacation time. Mine will be six weeks. I'm grateful for the time and want to be a good steward of it. So, here's what it means to me: 1. A time not to create but to enjoy what has been created. I spend much of my energy creating. A sabbatical is a time to remember that God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. I create because He created and still creates. It's good to stop and watch God's creative work of revelation and redemption continue without me! The places Holly and I have chosen to spend our time are places where God's creation is unmistakably on display. Between the three locations, we'll see mountains and beaches, colorful flowers and sandy white beaches. We'll feel the rain and taste salty water. And as we are stilled and hushed by God's work, I will remember how all my work is wrapped up in Him. 2. A time not to write or teach but to listen and learn. Believe it or not, I won't blog, check email, write articles or anything close to it. As a teacher/pastor I find myself all too willing to offer advice, provide solutions, or attempt explanations. This will be a time of input not output. There are a few books Holly and I will read together, some fiction, some non-fiction. There are also books we'll read on our own. We've carefully chosen subjects and themes that seem to be "right" for this season. We have also set aside a few mornings to meet with some of our mentors so we can be directed...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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