Christian maturity is an essential though often over-looked attribute in pastoral ministry.
By permitting a pastor time for focused study and learning, sabbaticals can benefit not only the pastor himself, but more importantly the congregation that he serves and the broader church.
As servants of the Lord, like Jesus, you are prepared, needed, and dedicated for the task of gospel ministry.
In light of the trials and suffering that await those who devote their lives to the ministry of the gospel, we can be encouraged and joyful because our ministry is done in Jesus' name, with confidence that our names are written on His heart, and ultimately for his glory.
Rev. Dr. Derke Bergsma talks about redemptive-historical preaching and about his book, Redemption: The Triumph of God's Great Plan.