This summer I was given an opportunity to take a sabbatical for three months. At the time I was feeling worn out. I had been in full-time ministry for over a decade but rather than feeling as if I had grown closer to God, I had lost my joy and I was uncertain if I could continue pastoring at all. Our church had endured a series of hardships in the years prior and it had taken a great toll on me emotionally, physically and spiritually.
My sabbatical was not typical for CTK. Generally speaking we are supposed to give a year warning for the church to prepare, but I was in such a bad place I made the request 60 days before I left. I knew that while the church might struggle without me it would be much worse if I were to keep going the way I was.