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?
just got back!!!
Guess what else?
is very glad that he
listened to his
sabbatical is unrestricted, but he
must submit a plan to his
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
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?
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.
says: BE SELFISH WITH YOUR SABBATICAL.
advises, have the goals of your sabbatical be your own health and rest.
goal was to "care for myself", and he
told me the barometer has gone up on that.
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.
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.
was struggling with his
sermon for Sunday.
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.
gave me an answer that makes me understand why I'm in this business.
told me that if he'd written those sermons pre-sabbatical, he'd be re-writing them.
"My perspective has changed," he
"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."
shares more insights in his
You won't want to miss his
"kick butt" comments on the Olympics plus you'll learn about "cow tipping.
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"). [...]