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A sabbatical is an expression of Shabbat. It is an extended period of time which is neither work nor holiday, but an opportunity to be refreshed as a minister, to live differently, to study and explore, to look again at ministry, work and lifestyle, to let God speak to us afresh.

People who have taken a sabbatical usually return considerably refreshed, re-energised and re-envisioned for their work.

Stipendiary clergy are eligible to apply for a sabbatical of up to three months (possibly augmented by a week or two of annual leave) if:

  • they have been ordained for at least ten years;

  • it is at least seven years since any previous sabbatical;

  • they have been in their current post for at least three years;

  • they are at least one year from retirement.

For further information please contact the Sabbaticals Officer

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