We know that funding sabbaticals for church leaders is a difficult thing in times of tight budgets and scarce resources. We also know that sabbaticals are deeply needed. While nowhere near enough to fully fund one, the synod can offer support to a congregation whose leader is taking a sabbatical. Grants of up to $1000 are available for rostered or lay staff, to be divided as follows:
- $500 to the congregation (designed to offset costs of supply preaching or part-time staff)
- $500 to the leader to help defray the costs of sabbatical plans
Staff Development Grants
Some ministry sites provide regular opportunities for staff development, while others are unable to do so because of financial limitations. In response, the synod is offering grants of up to $500 to help cover the cost of a staff development plan such as going on a retreat, attending a workshop, hiring a speaker or consultant, etc. We encourage you to think together about what would boost wellness, spiritual renewal, healthier staff dynamics, or working through transition. Congregations may partner together and pool their grant funds.
To apply, send a one-page proposal to Anna Grunner, executive assistant to the bishop, firstname.lastname@example.org.