The demands of full-time ministry are notoriously draining physically, emotionally and spiritually. Historically, many pastors and other full-time staff reach a point where they feel that burn-out is imminent, and the only recourse seems to be moving on to another congregation or ministry assignment. In many cases, what really may be needed is a season of refreshing and restoration, a time when vision and purpose can be renewed and clarified. As sabbatical leaves have become more common in the Evangelical Free Church, the average length of tenure has increased from 3 years to 5-6 years and longer. Sabbaticals are a benefit that leads to longer retention and a greater sense of loyalty.
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