What exactly IS a sabbatical?
The word sabbatical has its roots in the Biblical concept of Sabbath (“to rest” or “to cease”). Sabbath keeping is setting aside time that God consecrates and makes holy. Sabbath includes elements of rest, disengagement, study, exploration, reflection, and prayer. This time is designated for a pastor or minister of the gospel to remove himself or herself from the routines of regular ministry and to experience a change in perspective, receive spiritual nourishment, and deepen one’s relationship with God. It is a time to rest and reflect; to be renewed and refilled.
How can I best support Wes and YFC?
First, recognize that any ministry is not its leader. The ministry of YFC does not belong to Wes. It belongs to Jesus.
Second, lean in, not out. It’s very normal to think this would be a great time for you to take a break from giving or volunteering. Our hope is that this won’t be the case for you. YFC still needs all its parts doing what they do best.
Finally, pray for the Wickes family. Though there are many great things about experiencing a sabbatical, it can also be a struggle. Disconnecting from relationships for a period can be painful and changing the day-to-day rhythms can leave one wondering about their purpose. Pray for Wes’s journey through his sabbatical and for his leadership to be renewed.
What will Wes be doing on his sabbatical?
Wes and his family will be doing a number of things related to developing a deeper understanding of God’s voice in their lives including reading, having fun, extended times of silence, meditation, and reflection. Additionally, it provides an intermission within the unending demands of daily ministry life. Wes will spend intentional time resting, recharging, and being with his family.
Who will oversee YFC in his absence?
Bryce Wickes will be acting as Executive Director during this time. Additionally, our Board of Directors will provide oversight and support where needed. We have a great team of staff and volunteers that are fully capable of leading during this time.
What if I need Wes for something?
Wes will be unavailable throughout the period of his sabbatical, and it’s requested that you don’t try to contact him through email, Facebook, or phone. If there is a ministry need, you can contact Bryce Wickes; email@example.com / 989-463-4274