Thanks for checking out jeffmaness.com. I am currently on a three month sabbatical with my family and will not be blogging during that time. Upon my return, I will pick up my normal blogging routine. Feel free to check out my previous blogs. If you’d like more information on what a sabbatical is and why I am taking one, you can read below. See you on the other side!
This year marks 10 years of leadership here at Element Church for me. As we roll through this 10th year, the church felt led to offer me and my family a sabbatical break from ministry to refresh, renew and replenish our lives.
One definition of a sabbatical is, “an extended period of time offered to key leaders by the organization to equip the organization for the next season of opportunity by enhancing the leader’s skills”. This is done by providing a space away from the “tyranny of the urgent” for renewal, strategic thinking, and personal change. A sabbatical is a time for rest, study, and renewal.
This is not something that I sought out as the pastor, but it is something that we are receiving with joy, excitement and gratitude. This is not a “crisis” sabbatical it is a “calculated” one. Sabrina and I are great, our ministry is great and our calling to Element has not changed. The prayer is that this sabbatical would provide a season to be re-engergized for the next season of ministry God has for us here at Element.
We’ve created an FAQ sheet that answers just about every question we could think of about a sabbatical and Element Church’s sabbatical policy specifically. You can download that FAQ sheet HERE. If you have questions beyond that, please let us know through the channels listed on the sheet.
We love Element Church and want to be the pastors here for as long as God will allow us. We understand that for the church to be healthy, the pastor needs to be healthy as well and this is a part of that goal and process. Thank you Element Church and its leadership for this gift! We are incredibly grateful to receive it and continue in leadership with you.