In the UK, A Sabbatical Primer for Churches: How to Love and Honor the Pastor God Has Given You will be on SALE as a “Kindle Countdown Deal” for only £.99. The Deal will be available from Midnight, January 25, through February 1, 2015–for 160 hours. So the time to purchase this primer on spiritual renewal leave or ministry sabbaticals at the most significant discount is during the upcoming “Kindle Countdown Deal.” Please share this info with those you know in the UK. You’ll find a full description and purchase information at the product page here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RFDZNTS
“If every beginning minister were given a start-up kit when they began, David Alves’ book, would be an essential. It contains the indispensable fundamentals for a long and fruitful ministry. Providing step-by-step guidance, this book could save many from premature erosion that takes place beneath the surface in ministry. I highly recommend this primer for every new and veteran minister who cares about his or her future vitality!”
Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, author ofLeading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and
Renewing Your Passion and Senior Pastor of New Hope, Oahu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book can be extremely helpful for leaders who know that “something is missing” in their leadership or lives. Perhaps you’ve come to that place where everything has lost its luster. You may have been in a really good place, but things have slipped. Or perhaps you’re looking great on the outside, but in your heart of hearts, you KNOW that something’s missing. Something’s not quite right.
Pay attention to that feeling!
The sense of that void or lack is God’s tap on the shoulder to draw near to Him to see what He will say and do. In my case, He did (and continues to do) great things. I am journeying with Him in a new freedom because of His grace to suggest to my spirit that something was missing. I really went through a “dark night of the soul.” On the other side, I see that it was a season of spiritual breakthrough and growth necessary to go on to the next level of sonship or into the next season of life with Abba.
For me, that something is majored on in this book. And really laid out clearly in Ruth Barton’s other book Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence.
For your sake, your church’s sake, and to His glory, read her books and take what is good. Those nuggets that the Lord uses as you journey with Him will make all the difference in your leadership and sonship (for more on “sonship” for both men & women, see my book: We’re The “sons Of God”. . .So What?: Believe God About Who You Really Are!).