A. Richard Bullock, Richard J. Bruesehoff
“Wise and practical, this excellent book will help both clergy and congregations to dream and design life-renewing sabbaticals.” —Marcus J. Borg
“I have come to think that the recovery of the Sabbath is the most crucial and most demanding covenant command (spiritual discipline) now to be faced in the technological society. Our faith requires a deep and deliberate break from the demands and preoccupations of production that are evoked by consumerism. Having said that, the move from Sabbath as a 'good idea' to the practicalities of sabbatical is no simple or obvious one. Clergy Renewal, in clear, accessible, and quite practical ways, shows how the move may be made. As Bullock and Bruesehoff show, the move into a sabbatical is not a private, personal one but necessarily concerns the entire 'system' around one's call. Candidates for fatigue will find guidance here.” —Walter Brueggemann“Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning is a wonderful book—practical, convincing, and inspirational. Bullock and Bruesehoff understand sabbatical leave to be a necessary part of spiritual growth for the congregation as well as for the religious professional. They offer the reader the 'holy hope' of renewal time and encourage dreaming as well as practical planning ideas for the time away. This guide will assist religious communities in recovering the true meaning of sabbatical leave.” —Jane E. Vennard
A. Richard (Rick) Bullock is interim minister at St. Barnabas, Portland. In addition to his extensive work on pastoral sabbaticals, he consults, speaks, and writes about congregational development, educational design, pastoral searches, and mutual ministry review, and recently was project director for the Episcopal Election Leadership Project.
Richard J. (Dick) Bruesehoff currently serves as the Director for Leadership Support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Illinois. Following pastorates in two Wisconsin congregations and work with the Wisconsin Council of Churches, he spent nine years as a synodical bishop's assistant. A graduate of Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Missouri, he has worked with numerous congregations and their staffs in the process of sabbatical planning.
Alban No. AL214
paper, 89 pages
($11.20 for members)