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Sabbatical

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 

The Vestry of Church of Our Saviour is pleased to announce that following the precepts set down by our Heavenly Father, who ordained a pattern of rest for his people, our congregation will send our Rector, Fr. Karl, on a sabbatical. This time of rest, rejuvenation and renewal in the Lord will take place over three months, from August through October 2022. 

 

This will be an exciting time of separation because it provides Fr. Karl, the leadership of Our Saviour, and each member of our church family the opportunity to see the fruits of our accomplishments over the past five years  It will confirm the vision of Our Saviour to connect to Christ and community; show us how to become better disciples who make disciples; and renew our passion to love our neighbor, minister to families and children, and to be a beacon of hope to our Sea Islands and beyond. 

 

Upon Fr. Karl’s return, we may prayerfully expect that we will find him refreshed in body, mind, and spirit. He will be full of Holy Spirit-inspired teaching and more empowered to lead us

into the future for Our Saviour and to be strengthened to fulfill his pastoral duties.

 

Anticipating questions that may come to mind, we have enclosed a frequently asked question (FAQ) sheet.  Please feel free to direct your question to anyone on the Vestry, the Sabbatical Team or Fr. Karl.  We trust you will join us in praying for a fruitful journey through this, “time of jubilee.” (Leviticus 25). 

 

Yours in Christ,

Jay B. Miller, Senior Warden   

Curriculum Vitae (CV) for The Very Reverend Karl Burns

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sabbatical

1. WHAT IS A SABBATICAL?

2. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE CONGREGATION?

3. WHEN IS OUR SABBATICAL?

4. HOW CAN CHURCH MEMBERS GET INVOLVED IN THE SABBATICAL 

PROCESS?

5. WHO WILL BE “MINISTERING” TO US WHILE HE IS GONE?

6. WHAT WILL SUNDAYS BE LIKE?

7. WILL OTHER CHURCH PROGRAMS CONTINUE?

8. IS THERE A CHANCE HE SIMPLY WON’T RETURN FROM HIS SABBATICAL?

9. WHAT WILL HE BE DOING ON SABBATICAL?

10.  ARE THERE EXTRA COSTS TO THE CONGREGATION FOR THIS 

SABBATICAL?

11.  CAN WE CONTACT FR. KARL WHILE HE IS ON SABBATICAL?

12.  HOW WILL WE KNOW HOW THE SABBATICAL IS GOING?

 

1. WHAT IS A SABBATICAL?

         Since Creation, God has ordained a pattern of rest for his people called the Sabbath.  In Genesis 2:2-3, God rested from his labor not because he was tired, but to set a pattern for the holiness of rest. This Sabbath was enshrined in the life of Israel through the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:8-11. Israel’s common life was punctuated by a pattern of rest that was expanded in the Law to include a seventh-year Sabbath for the land and a fiftieth-year release from debt called the Year of Jubilee (see Leviticus 25). The biblical call to longer periods of rest and refreshment comes from this understanding of our need to deeply trust the Lord and refresh our souls and bodies for the goodness of God’s work.

A sabbatical is a period of intentional separation for the church and the rector for the expressed purpose of deeper growth in the Lord and rest and refreshment for the leader. Special leave is planned from normal duties to spend an extended period of time in study, reflection, and renewal. It is customary in the Anglican tradition for clergy to take a sabbatical every 7-10 years.  This will be Father Karl’s first sabbatical in his 14 years as a priest. Sabbatical leave is important for long-term, healthy leadership and allows Father Karl and all church members to live into our vision of connecting to Christ and the community.

         The Guidelines for Sabbatical Leave of our diocese describe it this way: Sabbatical leave is not a vacation, nor is it only continuing education; it is to promote a priest’s spiritual, intellectual, and emotional renewal and growth. Sabbaticals are also a time for the clergy to reflect on his or her life, parish, mission, call, and goals for the future, in order to be a more effective minister of the Gospel and shepherd God’s people.

 

2. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE CONGREGATION?

Sabbatical is also an opportunity for the congregation. Sabbatical allows church members to grow through the sharing of creative abilities in meeting programming and communal needs during the sabbatical. Congregations also typically experience renewed enthusiasm for church vision and mission. Sabbatical leave is important for our biblical stewardship. It shows that we are not dependent on Father Karl, but that we trust in God to provide.

 

3. WHEN IS OUR SABBATICAL?

Our sabbatical will begin on August 1st, 2022. Father Karl will take two weeks of vacation prior to this date and then start the sabbatical leave.  We will have a special celebration to honor, bless and send Father Karl on July 17th, 2022.  We will also celebrate his return on Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2022.

 

4. HOW CAN CHURCH MEMBERS GET INVOLVED IN THE SABBATICAL PROCESS?

The Sabbatical Planning Committee wants to hear from you.  What are your concerns?  Do you have suggestions about what the congregation would like our Rector to think about or work on during the sabbatical?  Do you want to learn about the opportunities sabbatical will create for the congregation and how will it best take advantage of this time?  Please talk to, call or email: 

 

Midge Fleming: midgefleming1@verizon.net 

Susie Keefe: susiekeefe@gmail.com

Jay Miller: jaybmiller410@gmail.com                 

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5. WHO WILL BE “MINISTERING” TO US WHILE HE IS GONE?

The Rev. Tom Hendrickson will be serving as the priest in charge at Church of Our Saviour while Fr. Karl is on Sabbatical. Fr. Tom will be available on Sundays and be available in case of a pastoral emergency that requires a priest.  Joy Harrity, our parish coordinator will continue to be the contact person for pastoral concerns and visitations. Jay Miller has agreed to continue as the Senior Warden and will work closely with the staff, vestry, and diocese to keep us on track.  David Childs, the Executive Pastor, will take care of the day-to-day operations of the church in consultation with the Senior Warden and Fr. Tom.

 

6. WHAT WILL SUNDAYS BE LIKE?

We will continue to live into our mission of connecting to Christ and the Community and making disciples who make disciples. Our service times and liturgical offerings will not change.

 

      7.   WILL OTHER CHURCH PROGRAMS CONTINUE?

Yes!  We plan to conduct our ministry, as usual, perpetuating the programs and work God has given us to do at the Church of Our Saviour.  David Childs will be responsible for the daily operation of Church of Our Saviour and will work closely with Jay Miller and Fr. Tom to ensure that we continue to focus on our mission of disciples making disciples

 

8. IS THERE A CHANCE HE SIMPLY WON’T RETURN FROM HIS SABBATICAL?

God is sovereign, but in terms of what we know, Father Karl’s vision is for long-term leadership here at the Church of the Church of Our Saviour. Fr. Karl has expressed the desire to use his sabbatical to not only rest. but also to prepare for how the Holy Spirit will lead him as Rector of Church of Our Saviour in the future.  Further, The Guidelines for Sabbatical Leave of our diocese state, “Following a sabbatical leave, the cleric is expected to commit to a minimum of one (1) more year of service in their present position.”

 

9. WHAT WILL HE BE DOING ON SABBATICAL?

The foremost goal of the sabbatical will be for Fr. Karl to rest and be renewed in body, soul, and spirit; to come back more passionate for Jesus, Susan, and the mission to which He has called Church of Our Saviour in the next season of life and ministry; to discover Holy Spirit-empowered rhythms of life, and to feel more empowered to reach the lost and make disciples who make disciples.

 

To reconnect with his family, Fr. Karl will spend time with his children and grandchildren experiencing new adventures and making lifetime memories.   

 

To grow and learn from other churches and leaders, Father Karl plans on visiting several churches and leaders from around the country. Fr. Karl will also participate in several retreats during the sabbatical to practice the spiritual discipline of solitude, study, prayer, fasting, and recommitting to a rule of life. 

 

To fully increase his joy and love of the Lord, Fr Karl will rest and recreate in God’s Creation so that he may return renewed and refreshed.   

 

10. ARE THERE EXTRA COSTS TO THE CONGREGATION FOR THIS SABBATICAL?

The amount included in the 2022 budget for sabbatical will cover the cost of our priest in charge, but will not cover the costs of travel and education for Father Karl. The extent of what Father Karl is able to do is dependent on the money raised. We are asking the people of Our Saviour to participate in this sabbatical by giving to a fund for his expenses.

 

11. CAN WE CONTACT FR. KARL WHILE HE IS ON SABBATICAL? 

In order to allow Fr. Karl to rest and disconnect from parish life, we encourage you to pray for him and his family, but not to contact him. He will be turning off his cell phone for the sabbatical.  In the event of an emergency, Joy Harrity or David Childs will contact Fr. Karl via previously established channels. 

 

12. HOW WILL WE KNOW HOW THE SABBATICAL IS GOING?

Father Karl will provide several reports (via letter or video) during his sabbatical. When he returns, there will be several events planned so that he can share his journey.