Monday, August 14, 2006

The Three "Rs" of a Personal Sabbath Retreat

The Three "Rs" of a Personal Sabbath Retreat

Use this outline as an agenda for a Sabbath retreat two to times a year.
We recommend three days/two nights alone with the Lord. Give this to your leaders to implement as well.

1. Rest:
  • Sleep. Take a long needed nap, or sleep in on the second day - or both!
  • Release all burdens and responsibilities.
# Write down all your pressing tasks and responsibilities on an 8.5" x 11" ruled tablet.
# Lift the entire list to the Lord in prayer.
# Put the list away, out of sight and out of mind for the remainder of the retreat.
  • Enjoy recreation (read a book, see a movie, take a hike, run or bike ride, play golf, etc.)

2. Reflect:
Review your journal entries or Mentoring Guides for the past few months. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What have I learned about God?
  • What have I learned about myself?
  • What have I learned about ministry?

3. Refocus:
  • What goals (physical, spiritual, personal or financial) have I accomplished these past few months?
  • What goals need to be adjusted ?
  • What are my new goals for the next three to four months (write them out)?

Releasing Your Church's Potential
A Natural Church Development Resource Kit
for Pastors and Church Leaders - Guidebook
Robert E. Logan & Thomas T. Clegg with Jeanette Buller
Passionate Spiritiuality Worksheet, p. 4, 21
ChurchSmart Resources 1998
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