Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles Sabbaticals
 
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Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles Sabbaticals

In the 11th chapter of 2nd Corinthians, Paul lists all of the things he had endured in his ministry of the Gospel: beatings, shipwrecks, imprisonments, etc. Most often verse 28 is not given much attention or even glossed over many times when we read this passage. Paul concludes the list with “And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” Paul did suffer many things, but in his own words, it was the daily pressure, responsibility, and even anxiety for his churches, his flock, that took the greatest toll on him.

Calvary leadership understood this daily pressure and responsibility of being the shepherds of the flock. Over a decade ago, a “sabbatical” was written into the Personnel Handbook, but has not been implemented until now. The Calvary Personnel Handbook specifies that, “after seven (7) years of service to Calvary, the Senior Pastor or other staff may request periodic sabbaticals or study breaks at the discretion of the Personnel Committee in consultation with the Deacon Chairman and Chairman of Finance Committee.” 

Sabbatical is defined by Merriam-Webster to mean “a break or change from a normal routine”. With this mind and with great appreciation to our Senior Pastor, Paul, and Executive Pastor, Charles, the current Personnel Committee along with Deacon Chairman and Chairman of Finance Committee, and in conjunction with and approval by the Elders, have now implemented the “sabbatical” at Calvary and have granted both Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles sabbaticals which will be taken this summer. Shifting and reassignment of duties have already been arranged while the pastors are away so the work of the church will continue as normal. We will also look forward to hearing different Calvary pastoral staff preach in Paul’s absence. Both the Personnel Committee and elders have purposed to set no expectations or requirements that the pastors are to meet and simply desire that they spend a month as they wish. It is hoped that the pastors, away from the daily responsibility and pressure of caring for the flock, will have time and energy to be refreshed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Except in the case of an extreme emergency, the pastors on sabbatical will be allowed to spend their time with family uninterrupted.  Pastor Paul will be on sabbatical from June 10 until July 11 while Pastor Charles will be gone July 8 until August 5.

I know you will join me in expressing our deepest thanks to both Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles for all they have done, are doing, and will do in serving Christ by selflessly serving us here at Calvary. We are surely blessed to have these godly men leading us at Calvary and we pray God’s richest blessings on them as they take their much deserved and needed time of refreshment.

In the 11th chapter of 2nd Corinthians, Paul lists all of the things he had endured in his ministry of the Gospel: beatings, shipwrecks, imprisonments, etc. Most often verse 28 is not given much attention or even glossed over many times when we read this passage. Paul concludes the list with “And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” Paul did suffer many things, but in his own words, it was the daily pressure, responsibility, and even anxiety for his churches, his flock, that took the greatest toll on him.

Calvary leadership understood this daily pressure and responsibility of being the shepherds of the flock. Over a decade ago, a “sabbatical” was written into the Personnel Handbook, but has not been implemented until now. The Calvary Personnel Handbook specifies that, “after seven (7) years of service to Calvary, the Senior Pastor or other staff may request periodic sabbaticals or study breaks at the discretion of the Personnel Committee in consultation with the Deacon Chairman and Chairman of Finance Committee.” 

Sabbatical is defined by Merriam-Webster to mean “a break or change from a normal routine”. With this mind and with great appreciation to our Senior Pastor, Paul, and Executive Pastor, Charles, the current Personnel Committee along with Deacon Chairman and Chairman of Finance Committee, and in conjunction with and approval by the Elders, have now implemented the “sabbatical” at Calvary and have granted both Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles sabbaticals which will be taken this summer. Shifting and reassignment of duties have already been arranged while the pastors are away so the work of the church will continue as normal. We will also look forward to hearing different Calvary pastoral staff preach in Paul’s absence. Both the Personnel Committee and elders have purposed to set no expectations or requirements that the pastors are to meet and simply desire that they spend a month as they wish. It is hoped that the pastors, away from the daily responsibility and pressure of caring for the flock, will have time and energy to be refreshed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Except in the case of an extreme emergency, the pastors on sabbatical will be allowed to spend their time with family uninterrupted.  Pastor Paul will be on sabbatical from June 10 until July 11 while Pastor Charles will be gone July 8 until August 5.

I know you will join me in expressing our deepest thanks to both Pastor Paul and Pastor Charles for all they have done, are doing, and will do in serving Christ by selflessly serving us here at Calvary. We are surely blessed to have these godly men leading us at Calvary and we pray God’s richest blessings on them as they take their much deserved and needed time of refreshment.