Clergy Renewal/ Sabbatical Support
Sabbatical Planning and Communication Resources
Contribute to successful sabbatical experiences for ministers and congregations: colleagues who recently experienced sabbaticals offer these sample materials as models for your consideration.
The following documents are in PDF format.
From Drew Kennedy, Milwaukee, WI
- Guest Ministers-First Letter
- Guest Ministers-Second Letter
- Kennedy Leadership Guide to Sabb
- Newsletter 4-01-02
- Publicity Plan
- Sabb Com Charge
- Sabb Eval Process 3
- Sabbatical Brochure 1
- Sabbatical Brochure 2
- Sabbatical Brochure 3
- Sabbatical Guide
- Sabbatical Resolution
- Staff Bonus Proposal
- Staff Impact
Our evaluation process is the piece I often see / suspect is missing from many minister's plans. A congregation invests a lot of time and money and effort to send ministers on sabb. It behooves us to do an evaluation. I also found it an excellent way, esp in a large church, to process the sabb with a lot of different people and constituencies and, thus, help enormously in my re-entry.
From Bill Sasso, Carbondale, IL
- Sabbatical Referrals
- WCS Sabbatical Budget 05-03-01
- WCS Sabbatical Plan 04-11
You can also visit the "work in progress" website that details much of what I have found to date in the historical research on the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship website—this might conceivably be of interest to someone who had a similar type of project as part of his or her sabbatical.
From Kathleen Rolenz and Wayne Arnason, Cleveland, OH
Lilly Endowment funds Clergy Renewal Programs
The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has offered grants of up to $45,000 to congregations to allow their ministers to spend some time away. Check the site for up-to-date information on current year funding levels and request forms.