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Be, Do, Go – Sabbatical 2019

sabbatical | səˈbadək(ə)l |
a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked: she's away on sabbatical | he requested permission to take a sabbatical in Istanbul | he took a three-month sabbatical from his job as CEO of a family business.

I just learned a great time-management strategy the other day from one of my mentors in the faith, LeRoy Lawson:

            Step One: Determine what is important.
            Step Two: Do that.
            Step Three: Determine what is unimportant
            Step Four: Don’t do that.

This summer I have the opportunity to practice that strategy. After serving for seven years as the Lead Pastor of East 91stStreet Christian Church, I will be taking a three-month sabbatical. Our elders have been most gracious by telling me, “Determine what is important, and do that.” What is important this summer is rest, renewal and recalibration. And what is unimportant? Just about everything else, and it’s time not to do that.

My sabbatical plans include several weeks where Laura and I will simply “be”—be present together to rest. Then we will “do”—serve with an E91 team in Ecuador and then in Chile with one of our ministry partners, Iberoamerican Ministries ( Lastly, I will “go”—spend 32 days on a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago  in Spain.

Beginning next week, my blogs will take on a new focus. Instead of writing twice a week, I’ll cut back to a weekly blog that will be published every Thursday or Friday. And instead of writing about matters of life, faith, family, leadership, and whatever else is on my heart, I’ll be writing about my travels and what God is teaching me. My hope is that as you read my weekly blogs through the summer, you will not only know where I am and how I am, but you will see through my eyes and learn what I learn so that we may grow together.

For those of you who are part of the E91 family, know that through the summer our ministries, outreach, and discipleship will not miss a beat. You’ll be hearing from three of my favorite guest speakers along with some of our amazing E91 pastors. A sabbatical is not only healthy for the one taking it but also for those staying behind. This will give our church family the opportunity to “step up” while I “step out,” and be reminded that the church is far more about Jesus and far less about any one individual.

So, enjoy your summer, and I look forward to our journey of being, doing, and going. And while we’re at it, why not try the above time-management strategy in your life?

Posted by Rick Grover, Lead Pastor with