In about a month from now, I will
be taking my first sabbatical ever. Since I have never done this before, I
don’t know what to expect or what will come out of it. But because it is in our
pastoral staff policy and the Holy Spirit seems to be leading me to this, I am
obeying His guidance.
At first, I thought about
completely staying away and resting from church ministry. So, I planned not to
come to church for any reason even when I am in town. Instead, I thought about
attending different churches to experience different styles of worship and
learn from them. After giving some thought, however, I realized that I shouldn’t
restrict myself entirely to this plan especially when there are some urgent
matters at church that need to be taken care of in a timely manner. On most
Sundays that I am in town, I will worship at other churches but I will make
myself available when there are urgent matters to be taken care of at church.
What, then, could be the urgent
matters? There are not too many but I can think of just a few. If a house
church needs to multiply and they need their intern to go through shepherd’s
orientation and interview with me and receive the prayer on Sunday, then I
should make myself available. When the LT is having calendar or budget meeting for
2020, I should be present. If there is a major crisis among church members, and
I pray there won’t be any, and I happened to be in town, then I should be there.
Other than this type of urgent matters, all the other ministries have been
already delegated and will be taken care of by village leaders, team leaders
RJM, Membership Class and Living
Life Bible Study that I lead and Premarital Life Bible Study, Married Life
Bible Study and Word Life Bible Study-OT taught by Lynette will take a break
during my sabbatical. Furthermore, we will skip House Church Seminar for Lay
Leaders in October.
Since all my books are in church
office, I will be coming to church time to time to use them. At times, I will
have lunch with staff or whoever desires to have it with me.
These are the current tentative
schedule during which I will be out of town.
(My side of family reunion)
(Pastors’ gathering in CO, retreat speaking in CA, Lynette’s side of
family reunion, retreat speaking in NJ, friends and family in NY and MA,
and a short vacation in ME)
(Turkey and Greece to do Apostle Paul’s missionary route)
(Personal solitude and revival meeting speaking in OK)
(Nephew’s wedding in CA)
12/2-12/16 (Vacation in Europe)
Other than these traveling dates, I
will most likely be in Houston either at home or in libraries reading,
studying, editing, translating and writing. Besides these, Lynette and I will
also explore our city and the state that we are not too familiar with by going
to museums, galleries and gardens, and driving to and visiting some well-known
popular places. Your recommendations and suggestions are highly appreciated.
And most definitely, I will squeeze in some unhurried fishing time! Let me know
if you want to go fishing with me. J
Please pray that my sabbatical
after 25 years of ministry here at SBC/New Life will be refreshing, restful and
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