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This PDF Sabbatical Guide will help you to prepare and plan for an extended time of spiritual rest to nourish your soul, blessing you to be a blessing to others. Bill Gaultiere (psychologist and spiritual director) will guide you step-by-step in your Sabbatical process, including:

  • Discerning God’s vision for your Sabbatical
  • Biblical teaching on Sabbatical to help you get the support of your Board, donors, or other supporters
  • A plan for settling into Sabbath rest personally and with your family
  • Soul training (including recommended reading, reflection questions, and lots of soul shepherding resources)
  • Re-engaging with your daily life and work

This guide will also give you practical examples of Sabbaticals that other pastors have done. You’ll be empowered to unplug from your work and trust the Lord to help you really rest and refresh! You’ll be inspired to connect with the Lord and listen to his voice.

What Pastors Are Saying About Our Sabbatical Guide

“This “Sabbatical Guide for Pastors” is excellent! I highly endorse this clear and concise tool with significant insights, examples and resources. There is no one better than Bill Gaultiere to write this guide for pastors, as his commitment to Jesus Christ, God’s Word, and the health of Christian leaders has been a hallmark of his life.”

Dr. Michael Risley
Prayer & Disciple-making Pastor
Voyagers Bible Church, Irvine, CA

“It was a welcome joy to find Bill and Kristi’s article on taking a pastoral sabbatical. Through Soul Shepherding’s Sabbatical Guide, as well as consultation and coaching by Bill & Kristi, by the end of our sabbatical, we entered a greater sense of ease with the Lord. We let go of old burdens and came off the sabbatical with fresh vision for our life and work! I heartily recommend Bill and Kristi’s guidance for pastoral couples on sabbatical.”

Dr. Wes Johnson
Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church,
Founder and Executive Director, Awakenings Prayer Institute

“I did a lot of research on sabbaticals before I went and Soul Shepherding’s Sabbatical Guide for Pastors was the best tool I found. It is what I needed to prepare for my sabbatical, helping me frame what to expect from a sabbatical, corrected some of my misconceptions and set me up to maximize my time away. I am so grateful for the wisdom and thoroughness I discovered there I highly recommend you take the time to work through this valuable guide.”

Jim Mindling
Lead Pastor
Church of the Open Door Elyria, Ohio

2 responses to “Sabbatical Guide

  • Thanks very much for this resource – it is a real help as we continue to prepare towards our sabbatical. God bless you, Andy (Leiden, The Netherlands)

  • Beloved Servants of our Blessed Redeemer, thanks very very much for your devotion to being who God has wired you to be His church and her leaders over these years! I’m retired (& really tired) minister and I don’t have the funds to purchase the classic you have produced but I’ll recommend it to others. God bless you real good.

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