The following guest blog comes to us from my good friend Dr. Bob Whitesel. Bob serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Missional Leadership for Wesley Seminary and holds two doctorates from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently serves as president of the Great Commission Research Network as well as a board member for The Society of Church Consulting.
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: You think we would understand the importance of a regular sabbatical when even God who would seem to never need it took a day off after creation. Yet in our ministry worlds we sometimes don’t get a reprieve from emails and work related duties. Yet research shows that having “required” and “regular” time off makes a team more productive. Read the report from Harvard Business Review below.
People in professional services (consultants, investment bankers, accountants, lawyers, IT, and the like) simply expect to make work their top priority. They believe an “always on” ethic is essential if they and their firms are to succeed in the global marketplace.
Yet our research over the past four years in several North American offices of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests that it is perfectly possible for consultants and other professionals to meet the highest standards of service and still have planned, uninterrupted time off. Indeed, we found that when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.
To read the entire article from Harvard Business Review, click here.
Your partner in ministry,
P.S. – As church leaders, you and I have the unique opportunity to cooperate with God to transform people’s lives and make a difference for eternity…
So why are you so tired, stressed and unfulfilled?
God never promised that ministry would be easy, but you probably didn’t think it would be miserable either!
I want to help you get back on track toward health and obedience with my resource, “The Power of the Sabbath.”
Click here to download your copy of “The Power of the Sabbath”
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