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WELCOME HOME It is a wonderful gift for a congregation to provide their pastor with a sabbatical. It has been my experience that both the pastor and the congregation benefit from this sabbatical experience. Often congregations both learn about their own gifts and have a renewed appreciation of their pastor and his or her gifts. But there comes a time when the sabbatical ends and the pastor and congregation resume their relationship. It needs to be recognized that in this three or four-month separation everyone has changed to some degree. As congregation and pastor make that transition, having experienced both personal sabbaticals and helped others return from their sabbaticals, I would like to offer some observations to the congregation. SIX … Continue reading