Sabbatical Resources

 Wheat Ridge Ministries Downloadable Resources

Ministry Sabbatical Resource Center Information Sheet
Ministry Sabbatical Planning Tutorial – Ministry Leader
Ministry Sabbatical Planning Tutorial – Congregation
Ministry Sabbatical Policy Development Guidelines
Best Practices for Planning a Ministry Sabbatical
Sample Sending Liturgy
Sample Returning Liturgy

Sabbatical Coaching Services

Although Wheat Ridge Ministries has discontinued the Ministry Sabbatical Grants, Rev. Timothy Fangmeier, Congregational Consultant and Coach, as well as Wheat Ridge Staff Associate, is available to assist ministry leaders and churches in the formation of sabbatical guidelines, plans and funding issues. This is a service of Wheat Ridge Ministries. Email Rev. Fangmeier at .

General Congregation Resources

ELCA – Living Lutheran “A Passport to Good Health”
The Alban Institute –

Additional Resources

General Sabbatical Research
The Need for Clergy RenewalAn article from Alban Institute, 2006
Additional articles on sabbaticals from Alban Institute
Resources for Sabbath Keeping and Sabbatical Taking from the Resource Center of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly – by Marva Dawn, Eerdmans, 1999
Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest – by Wayne Muller, Bantom Books, NY, 1999

Healthy Congregations
Leadership Network – resources designed to encourage health among Christian Churches
The Alban Institute – Congregational Resource Guide
The Search Institute – Resources for ministry to children and youth
Ambassadors of Reconciliation – Workshops on Peacemaking for congregations
George Bullard, Spiritual Strategic Journey Tutorial – Tools for evaluating the mission and ministry of the congregation

Sabbatical Funding
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program

Sabbatical Planning & Ideas
Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning – By A. Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff.
Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry – Alban Institute # AL125 Order from Alban Institute, 800.486.1318, ext. 244.
The Dark Side of Sabbatical — by Mark Miller-McLemore; Faith & Leadership website – An offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity – This website is the portal to the Christian Community at a home exchange organization with over 65,000 listings in 150 countries. A home exchange involves the concept, “You stay in my home while I stay in yours,” and is often an ideal solution for an affordable sabbatical.

Sabbatical Policy Resources

Changing the Rhythm of Parish Ministry: Sabbatical Policy Insights – A 13-minute video produced by the Mutual Ministry Committee of Ascension Lutheran Church, Muskego, WI in collaboration with the ELCA Division for Ministry. Cost is $8.00. Order: Sabbatical Video, PO Box 492, Muskego, WI 53150-0492; include check payable to “Sabbatical Video.”


Go, Pastor. Go!: How clergy can take an affordable sabbatical that rejuvenates their soul, reunites their family, and reignites their congregation by using a home exchange.
Everyone says pastors should take a sabbatical, but most pastors don’t even dream of taking one. They just don’t see how they can afford to take a sabbatical. It’s time to bring together two important concepts, the clergy sabbatical and a home exchange, for a renewed pastor and a revitalized church. Go, Pastor, Go! tells how a home exchange makes the clergy sabbatical affordable for both the pastor and the congregation.
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