One of the
responsibilities of a congregation is to create an environment in
which the Minister can carry out his/her responsibilities, that
being the Spiritual leadership of the congregation, as effectively
The opportunity to
engage in Sabbatical leave has been identified by the United Church
of Canada as an important component of enabling Ministers to develop
in their roles throughout their careers.
For over a year, Steve
has been engaged in ongoing conversations with Tansley’s M&P
committee about his intention to take Sabbatical. He formally
announced his intention to take Sabbatical in May and June 2017 to
M&P in May of this year, and it was presented to the Tansley Board
at the June meeting.
Steve plans to spread
his Sabbatical over two years, taking approximately two months in
2017 and one month in 2018, rather than the traditional one time
allotment of three months at once. This flexibility is available to
Steve and the board has agreed to this arrangement.
traditionally a time of both rest and re-birth, including
opportunities for self reflection, connection with family, friends
and colleagues, and personal development for the future. In Steve’s
case, he will be working with M&P to put together his plan for his
Sabbatical and the board and congregation will be apprised of his
plan as it develops. We know that at this point Steve already has
personal time allotted for his family as well as at least one course
he will be attending for his personal development.
Not only does Steve’s planned Sabbatical provide an excellent
developmental opportunity for Steve, it just as importantly presents
an excellent developmental opportunity for Tansley. As detailed in
the United Church of Canada’s Sabbatical guidelines, “In much the
same way as Jesus benefited from such times of re-creation, ministry
personnel in pastoral relationships, and the congregations they
serve, can too. For the minister, rejuvenation of spirit and clarity
of purpose may be the outcome, while for the congregation sabbatical
may occasion an increase in the level, and expression, of lay
The board will be
working with Worship and the other committees to build a plan for
Tansley during the Sabbatical period encompassing Sunday worship,
pastoral care, etc., with involvement from the various committees.
We will also learn from other Congregations within Halton Presbytery
whose Ministers have recently taken Sabbatical.
The board is supportive
of Steve’s planned sabbatical (2017 and 2018), recognizes it as an
important component of his ongoing Ministry at Tansley, and looks
forward to working with the congregation in preparing for this
If you have any questions, please contact Dale
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