Todd, you came back!

Todd Bumgarner, lead pastor of 2 Pillars Church, on his return from sabbatical:

But do you want to know how the overwhelming majority of people have responded? They’ve said, “We didn’t think you would come back.” I’ve had—no exaggeration—over 15 people say something like that.

Fortunately, Todd did come back. But, as he explains, it isn't always a bad thing if a pastor doesn't return to "ministry as usual" following his sabbatical:

Pastoral sabbaticals (whether the pastor is paid or unpaid) are a regular, normal, and healthy thing for healthy churches.

And even when a pastor comes back from a sabbatical and quits… that’s still healthy because the sabbatical revealed the fact that that pastor wasn’t healthy. Something was off. Whether it was his health, his pace, his marriage, his walk with God, or his calling—something was off. And the healthiest thing for that pastor could be, to step back (and possibly down) in order to address that lack of health.

Glad to see you back in the saddle after a restful season away, Todd. Welcome back.

Link List for October 22, 2013

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica Apple made OS X Mavericks available today as a free upgrade. Read John Siracusa's comprehensive review.

Mac Power Users 160: Getting Ready for Mavericks

While we're talking about Mavericks, consider giving this episode of Mac Power Users a listen before you pull the trigger on the upgrade.

7 Arrows for Bible Reading | Trevin Wax

A helpful tool for understanding the Bible and knowing how to apply it to your life.

10 Productivity Experiments for Pastors | Pastoralized

Lots of great suggestions here. Not just for pastors.

The Art and Science of the Humblebrag | Tim Challies

"Have you managed to get thousands of people to follow you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook? Do you need to keep reminding them why you are worthy of their attention? Let me offer you some ways you can grow in the art and science of the humblebrag."

So good.

Your Pastor Needs YOU!

David Kraft suggests six ways you can support your church's pastors and leaders.

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