Spiritual burnout of pastors is a genuine area of concern for churches. The Shepherd’s Rest provides the resources necessary for:
- The pastor to take a brief sabbatical of up to four Sundays
- Pastoral oversight of the church in his absence at little to no cost to the church
- An extended season of rest for Holy Spirit to revitalize the pastor
- Cooperation among Baptists to be demonstrated in practice
What is The Shepherd’s Rest?
The Shepherd’s Rest is a ministry of Louisiana Baptists that provides the resources necessary for a pastor to take a brief sabbatical (up to four Sundays) with the assurance that the church where he serves will have pastoral oversight.
Who can participate in The Shepherd’s Rest?
The pastor must have been at his present church for at least three (3) years. If a sabbatical is needed prior to three year’s tenure please contact the Pastoral Leadership Team to discuss your unique needs.
What does the minister do during the sabbatical? Is there a plan?
The pastor commits to spend the time away wisely to pursue personal revitalization. Each situation is unique and the pastor crafts a plan of action to address his needs. A list of suggested activities is
Is there a cost to the church or minister?
Generally there is little to no cost to the church. We ask that a man or men, couple, or family host the visiting preacher for lunch. If retired preachers are utilized and the church is financially able, a modest travel stipend would be appropriate and appreciated.
How is The Shepherd’s Rest funded?
The ministry is funded by the Cooperative Program contributions of participating Louisiana Baptist churches. Learn more about the
How can I/we request participation?
Complete this online application to request participation in The Shepherd’s Rest.
Contact Stacy Morgan for more information.