Sabbatical Resources


Sabbatical Coaching Services

Tim Fangmeier and Art Umbach are available to assist ministry leaders and churches in the formation of sabbatical guidelines, plans. and funding issues. You may email Tim at and Art at

Additional Resources

General Sabbatical Research
The Need for Clergy Renewal – An article from Alban Institute, 2006
Additional articles on sabbaticals from Alban Institute
Resources for Sabbath Keeping and Sabbatical Taking from the Resource Center of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly – by Marva Dawn, Eerdmans, 1999
Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest – by Wayne Muller, Bantom Books, NY, 1999

Healthy Congregations
Leadership Network – resources designed to encourage health among Christian Churches
The Alban Institute – Congregational Resource Guide
The Search Institute – Resources for ministry to children and youth
Ambassadors of Reconciliation – Workshops on Peacemaking for congregations  
George Bullard, Spiritual Strategic Journey Tutorial – Tools for evaluating the mission and ministry of the congregation

Sabbatical Funding
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program

Sabbatical Planning & Ideas
Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning – By A. Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff.
Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry – Alban Institute # AL125 Order from Alban Institute, 800.486.1318, ext. 244.
The Dark Side of Sabbatical – by Mark Miller-McLemore; Faith & Leadership website – An offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity – This website is the portal to the Christian Community at a home exchange organization with over 65,000 listings in 150 countries. A home exchange involves the concept, “You stay in my home while I stay in yours,” and is often an ideal solution for an affordable sabbatical.

Sabbatical Policy Resources  
Changing the Rhythm of Parish Ministry: Sabbatical Policy Insights – A 13-minute video produced by the Mutual Ministry Committee of Ascension Lutheran Church, Muskego, WI in collaboration with the ELCA Division for Ministry. Cost is $8.00. Order: Sabbatical Video, PO Box 492, Muskego, WI 53150-0492; include check payable to “Sabbatical Video.”  

Go, Pastor. Go!: How clergy can take an affordable sabbatical that rejuvenates their soul, reunites their family, and reignites their congregation by using a home exchange. Everyone says pastors should take a sabbatical, but most pastors don’t even dream of taking one. They just don’t see how they can afford to take a sabbatical. It’s time to bring together two important concepts, the clergy sabbatical and a home exchange, for a renewed pastor and a revitalized church. Go, Pastor, Go! tells how a home exchange makes the clergy sabbatical affordable for both the pastor and the congregation.  

Top 9 Myths About Sabbaticals

Ministry Sabbatical Grant Program Report

This report produced by Wheat Ridge Ministries (now We Raise Foundation) in 2011 contains key findings
from clergy who are just returning from their first-ever ministry sabbatical.

Sabbatical_Paper_Wheat Ridge Ministries 2011 (pdf)