Sabbaticals are provided to presbyters and deacons so that they can do something different which will inform and even re-enthuse their ministry. For Methodist ministers, sabbaticals are compulsory and are to be taken in the 7th and every subsequent 7th year of ministry.
Ministers are contacted by the District Sabbaticals Secretary in the year before they are entitled to take one. Information is provided in the initial pack given to ministers, including advice on money and expenses and guidelines on setting up a local support group. It is up to the minister to submit proposals for the timings and content of his/her sabbatical to the Sabbaticals Advisory Group which has the task of agreeing them and recommending them to the Synod for approval.
Further information is available from the Sabbaticals Secretary, Revd Tim Morris
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