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, 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.
For further information please contact the Sabbaticals Officer, the Revd Tony Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org