The executive committee has approved my planned sabbatical for November 1 through January 31. It has already been just over five years since I joined the staff and faith community here at Trinity. What a blessing! While on sabbatical, I will be focusing on three goals:
I will be spending time evaluating my personal wellness spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. With the help of mentors, I will make some short- and long-term goals. To start off this goal, I am spending a week in Arizona at a monastery on a silent retreat with no talking, screens, or additional noise. I will continue in this goal throughout sabbatical by also stepping away from social media and turning off my phone often. My goal is to be more present in the work Christ is preparing me for here.
Strategic Leadership Planning
With the help of a Strength Finders coach, I will evaluate my giftings, and the needs of Trinity’s youth family ministry. I will use this information to help develop some visioning plans for the future of Trinity’s Youth Family Ministry.
Soaking up Family Time
Over these three months my family will be adding two new babies to the group! In addition to extra family time, I am looking forward to some extended time with my siblings and their growing families!
A scripture passage that has guided my preparations for sabbatical has been Mark 6:31:
“And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”
You won’t be finding me on social media for these three months, and you might not hear from me. Thankfully, we are surrounded by invested leaders both on staff and as volunteers who will continue to provide effective programs, events, and relational connections while I am learning and resting.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! In my absence, here are the people to contact:
Pastor Phil: Confirmation Ministry
Pastor Luke: High School Youth Group
DCE Rhonda: Sunday Morning Programs (Middle and High School)