Season 18: Episode 1 | When Sabbath Isn’t Enough: Embracing the Gift of Sabbatical

Happy New Year! We are ringing in the new year by talking about sabbatical! Friend of the Transforming Center Rick McCall is back with us, and he and Ruth are sharing their experiences with sabbaticals, what ways Ruth sees it as an extension of sabbath, and why it’s so important for the church to build in sabbatical plans in pastors’ job descriptions.

If you are a pastor or a church congregant, we think this topic of sabbatical is so important to the health and survival of churches and their leaders and the new year is a great time to start thinking about what that might look like in your organization.


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Listen to other episodes from Season 18 Access past podcast seasons

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You can also order the Sabbath Journal, meant to accompany you on your sabbath journey and give you space to share what your soul wants to say to God.

Music Credit:
Kingdom Come by Aaron Niequist
Led By the Spirit from Transforming Center Resource Music in Solitude

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