Put A Song Back In Your Pastor’s Heart With A Sabbatical

These days, pastors seems to have a lot in common with Lester the parakeet.  Both have lost their song.

Lester’s sad story began one day when his owner inadvertently sucked Lester into the vacuum bag while cleaning his cage.  After removing Lester from the bag, his owner tried to clean him under a blast of icy water.  Lester was shivering so much, his owner decided to dry him, using her hair dryer.  After these assaults, poor Lester was stunned.  Now, in his post-trauma life, Lester doesn’t sing much anymore.

Sadly, many parish pastors aren’t singing much these days either.  The fires of their enthusiasm for ministry have been cooled by having cold water dashed on their ideas.

Pastors have an advantage over Lester, though.  A clergy sabbatical can rekindle the fire inside and put a song back in the heart.

Recently, I asked a pastor who had completed a two-month sabbatical, “When you get back to your church and the people want to know what the sabbatical did for you, what are you going to tell them?”

My friend replied, “My wife, Rachel, told me that for the first time in a long time, I’ve started to sing out loud in the car once more.”

There’s one definition of a clergy sabbatical: Doing whatever it takes so you can sing out loud in the car again.