Posted on April 4, 2012 at 3:25 AM
Several months ago, we asked the Leadership Team for a sabbatical. The reasons are these:
- Feelings of dryness. I feel like I don't have a lot of enthusiasm to give to our people. While most people can give grace for a time to a leader like that, it is hard for us to feel very inspired unless the leader is showing the way.
- Decaying vision. This includes personal and corporate vision. I realized lately that instead of my vision getting bigger, its getting smaller. One leader said, "Vision leaks." Its the leader's job to keep refilling it. Since MY vision was leaking, it is hard to keep it refilled in everyone else. The exciting part about this sabbatical is that I've seen it start to get refreshed simply in anticipation of the sabbitacal.
- Weariness. The load of leadership has been heavier than I expected. I don't want to sound like I'm whining, so this is hard to write. But it is true that being in leadership is a weighty thing. The weight isn't so heavy when I feel constant refilling from the Lord Jesus, but if that is lacking, then the strength comes from myself. And I want to grow greatly in receiving a constant refilling from the Lord Jesus. Rest assured that leadership is also a rewarding thing, and I've experienced some of those rewards.
- Emotional and physical health. This is related to the points above. I am seeing my own lack of completeness in several areas. I want to use this sabbatical for some time for prayer and growth.
The sabbatical will begin on April 30, 2012, and go through October 31, 2012. During this time, I will pull back completely from all church ministries, including pastoral and oversight duties. Jenni will reduce her commitment to worship leading and the prayer team, but will continue to contribute as she is able. My responsibilities will be temporarily divided between Merle, Ivan, and Chris.
We plan take an extended trip during most of May and June. Our emphasis during the trip would be on family time, rest, and spiritual and emotional rejuvination. We would like to visit Bethel Church in Redding, California, and some friends and mentors who we connected with in Kamloops last year. We believe that these are people who can help us in emotional and spiritual healing.
The remainder of the sabbatical will be spent (mostly) in Red Lake. I will take specific time blocks to seek the Lord and his words to me. I will continue to work at the Ambulance Service part time like I have been doing.
Thanks for your prayers and concern. May the Lord Jesus will be blessed in all we do!