The term “sabbatical” comes from the Hebrew word “shabbat” meaning “ceasing from labor.” A sabbatical taken by a professor might be used to write a book or complete a research project. In a secular setting a sabbatical could be taken to travel or for personal reasons. In religious circles a sabbatical is granted for rest and study.
Traditionally, pastors are granted a three month Sabbatical by their church every seven years. But Freshwater is not a traditional church and I am not a traditional pastor. I would not expect to be able to take three month off every seven years and am not sure I would even like it. I have a short attention span and find pleasure in what I do. Even though I have never taken more than three weeks in a row off in my 18 years of ministry, I have found that taking a brief time off over the summer has been incredibly beneficial to me and to Freshwater.