A man once told me that the parish to which he was being called was a good place for someone who wanted to be lazy.
I have a hard time processing that. I suppose I don’t know enough lazy pastors. Most of those I know work very hard and besides the damage to their bodies that this does, their souls grow thin. Now and then, perhaps, it might good for pastors to let their lives lie fallow.
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Notes and resources relevant to this episode:
Isabella Tree, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm (United States: New York Review Books, 2018), p. 278.
Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor (United States: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989), p. 152.
Remarkable resources exist to encourage sabbatical for pastors. The Lilly Endowment offers a generous grant to help churches give their pastors sabbatical. But through careful planning for it, many churches give pastors a sabbatical without such a grant.
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