A sabbatical is an expression of Shabbat. It is an extended period of time which is neither work nor holiday, an opportunity 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, reenergised 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.