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Senior Minister

Phone: (859) ***-****  HQ Phone
First Christian Church of Versailles
160 Lexington St.
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
United States


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First Christian Church of Versailles, 8 Aug 2011 [cached]
Marcus Lynn, Pastor Marcus is the Senior Minister and has been at FCC since 2002. Marcus' personal mission statement is "to lead others to begin or grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. He is married to Jennifer and has 3 children, Reagan (13), Micah (9), and Aidan (7) His e-mail is Check out his blog at You can follow him at Twitter at Marcus Lynn
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Why You'll Want to Negotiate a "Pure" Sabbatical | The Sabbatical Mindset Blog, 9 Sept 2008 [cached]
Marcus Lynn did exactly as his mentor urged him to do. He negotiated an 8-week sabbatical before he accepted his new position as pastor of the First Church of Versailles in Versailles, Kentucky, a suburb of Lexington. That sabbatical opportunity rolls around every five years. And guess what? Marcus just got back!!!
Guess what else? Marcus is very glad that he listened to his mentor.
His sabbatical is unrestricted, but he must submit a plan to his elders. He spent two weeks doing church work, one week was in Costa Rica - an international mission trip for the church - and another week in a Children's Camp he enjoys. His family - 3 children, ages 4-10, and his wife - were with Marcus throughout, except for Costa Rica (bummer). But for those two weeks of church activities, he completely disconnected from his congregation and the day-to-day work of the church.
What advice does Marcus have for sabbatical takers? He has one very clear message, which might sound unusal coming from a guy who spends the majority of his time giving to others and probably advising some of us to get over ourselves and think of others. Marcus says: BE SELFISH WITH YOUR SABBATICAL.
First, he advises, have the goals of your sabbatical be your own health and rest. His goal was to "care for myself", and he told me the barometer has gone up on that. He spent time in workout clothes.
I bring it up again, because Marcus reinforced it in a large way. The advice he has about being SELFISH with your sabbatical? Well, if Marcus had it to do all over again, he wouldn't have done those two weeks of church activities. He would have had a "pure" sabbatical. All 8 weeks, just for him.
But even with those two weeks of work for the Lord, there's a new Marcus in our midst. Not completly new (I don't think the Elders would have wanted that), but changed.
Our interview happened on his first day back from sabbatical. Marcus was struggling with his sermon for Sunday. He usually has those completed four weeks out. I kidded him, saying that if he had been working with me, he would have had his Sunday sermon written before he ever left for sabbatical. Then he gave me an answer that makes me understand why I'm in this business.
Laughing, he told me that if he'd written those sermons pre-sabbatical, he'd be re-writing them. "My perspective has changed," he explained. "I wouldn't be able to deliver them in the same way."
I'm going to save the rest of what we can learn from Marcus for a later blog. Right now, it seems good enough that a few readers might be inspired by a smart, small town pastor who negotiated his own sabbatical (yes, you can, too) and to consider, if you're planning one, making it a selfish one. "A PURE sabbatical," advises Preacher Lynn. "One just for you."
Marcus shares more insights in his blog. You won't want to miss his "kick butt" comments on the Olympics plus you'll learn about "cow tipping.
[...] Marcus challenges my concept of a modern day preacher. He's the small town pastor who just returned from his 8-week sabbatical that he had negotiated into the job offer. (See my previous post, "Pure Sabbatical"). [...]
Versailles United Methodist Church, 6 Dec 2010 [cached]
Wednesday, April 13 - at St Leo, Marcus Lynn, First Christian Church
Churches, 9 Nov 2006 [cached]
Marcus Lynn, Minister
160 Lexington Rd/859.873.3901
Staff, 28 Oct 2007 [cached]
Marcus Lynn, Pastor
Marcus is the Senior Minister.His e-mail is
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