Pastor Michael will be taking a 3-month sabbatical starting June 1.
Here are some questions for Pastor Michael:
Okay, so what is a pastoral sabbatical?
This is a time for me to get away from the day-to-day ministry responsibilities to pursue pastoral growth through study and reflection, and revitalization through prayer and rest. This is both for the sustainability of pastoral life and for the benefit of the church, as I will return, by God's grace, renewed and invigorated. This is a long-term investment in pastoral development and for the health of the church.
What will Pastor Michael do during his sabbatical?
Oh my, where do I start? First, I plan to read a tall stack of books. Do some advance reading on the upcoming sermon series on the Life of David. Work on long-term projects, like develop a deacon training program. Work on research-intensive Sunday school lessons, like a long-planned series on Eschatology; write a Sunday school lesson on homosexuality (as popularly asked); map out the next "Skeptics Night" talk, this time on the supposed conflict between science and Christianity. Read the Bible and pray a lot! But more than that, I’m going to try to get balance in my life. Many of you know I have a tendency towards workaholism (see unrealistic list of work projects above). So I want to practice a healthy life-rhythm. I’m going to exercise. I’m going to spend time with the kids and go on dates with Christina. We’re planning a week-long vacation in San Diego.
Will we be seeing Pastor Michael and his family around?
Yes. First, because of the rules of the PCA, only ordained pastors are permitted to administer the sacraments. So I’ll be around on those Sundays. And second, I genuinely enjoy being around you guys and I would miss you all terribly if I was absent the whole time. But, for the most part, I do plan to take this opportunity to visit other churches, so we’ll be absent then.
What will happen at IGC during the summer?
Pastors Wade and Harry will take over the day-to-day ministry operations, with assistance from Andrew Ong, who will help with the preaching load. We have a full calendar of events coming up: including a church picnic in May, an outing to Muir Woods in June, a missions trip to Honduras in July, and a service project at Marshall in August. God is at work in our church! Please pray for Wade and Harry. Please pray for me as I continue to pray for you.