The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sabbatical or break?

Discuss study leave plans

Our congregation gives the pastor a six-week sabbatical (beyond vacation) after seven years of service. Recently a pastor used this time to hang out. He did some haphazard reading and sat in on classes, but it was without direction. Is a sabbatical for intentional, directed study or just a break?

Isn't it a conflict of interest for the pastor to be the church council president? Shouldn't the pastor allow members to run the church's business? Does the pastor have "veto" power?

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