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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

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

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

Clergy Renewal

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.

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