An Opportunity to Focus on Your OWN Ministry!
We believe you would greatly benefit by taking a Sabbatical. We’ve witnessed your difficulty in following the RMI principles that we all know aren’t just for marriage relationships—but all our relationships—allowing us to live and work harmoniously together. Often when this begins to surface, is due to and is His way of setting us apart. Showing us we've grown to the point that we need to branch off—spreading our wings!
RMIOU defines a Ministry Sabbatical as a period of time when ministry leaders set aside the leader’s normal responsibilities for the purpose of rest and renewal toward sustained excellence in ministry. Often the Lord calls them away to focus on their own Restoration Journey, such as to focus on their impending Marriage Restoration or for deeper healing.
A Ministry Sabbatical is not an extended vacation nor is it an academic sabbatical that normally involves extensive study. A Ministry Sabbatical is a release from the routine of the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being of the ministry leader.
A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SABBATICALS
The word sabbatical is taken from the term Sabbath. The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to “close or rest” and is connected with the last day of Creation when God rested. (Genesis 2:3) God used both models and commands Sabbath rest for his people. “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
The Lord affirmed the importance of rest saying, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 The Biblical example of the Lord’s own frequent withdrawal to a quiet place to meditate, pray and be renewed is a model for us to follow. In His ministry, the constant demands of people led the Lord to step away on a regular basis.
WHY IS A SABBATICAL IMPORTANT?
The Lord led us to offer a Sabbatical to any of our ministers to take to avoid a state of severe ministry burnout:
Continual spiritual growth brought about by periods of rest and renewal, with time devoted to simply spending time with Him, which is vital toward being an effective minister.
Rapid changes and continual growth in EW easily increases the likelihood of burnout without periods of rest and renewal—time spent alone with the Lord.
And when a minister is experiencing burnout finding it difficult to stay within the Ministry Teams Guidelines, this struggle will make their ministering reflect their lack of time with the Lord—that often results in a minister leaving, or worse, relying on their own “works” and this shows up in fluff and becoming overly “religious.”
- In addition, a Ministry Sabbatical also provides an opportunity for women who are on their Restoration Journey to examine their dependency on the ministry team and consider expanding their own potential future, to focus on their own ministries "for such a time as this" to "save many people alive."
During the last Sabbatical Erin took, she return sharing her praise saying. "I have to confess that the first 2 days I thought I would go stir crazy, so I called on Him and asked Him to help me because I knew He'd called me to take this time away from ministry. Of course, He did just that! He told me to think of Mondays and Tuesdays as just another Saturday and Sunday, the same for Thursdays and Fridays—just another Saturday and Sunday. Wednesdays I'd been taking off at His request, so that was easy.
"By the third day, I was feeling so restful! It's interesting because it's much like fasting—everything always becomes easier on the third day! I realized I was never really at a place of rest, not to the point I needed to be. And to my surprise too, I realized that a skin irritation I was convinced was food-related, was actually due to stress I never really felt but I was clearly under!!
"It took about a week before I began to envision so many amazing horizons ahead for my ministry. I refrained from writing anything at all, but if I couldn't stop thinking about it, I made a short, one-line note on my phone. That helped me to let go of that thought. And surprisingly, He never really led me to go through my list once I returned.
"The most amazing part of my Sabbatical was resting in Him, falling in love with my HH—truly like the honeymoon amidst all the chaos in the world. “He MAKES ME lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2-3
"After this experience, I honestly hope and pray He leads me to take more time off. It served me well but also my team members who were able to carry on without me and keep the tasks when I returned—allowing me for more new ministering opportunities I would not have had without taking this Sabbatical."
Hello Beloved Lota:
I hope you are very well, I can just write now because I was in final exams, as you know on the 24th my Sabbatical at RMI ended, but I did not send a form because my Beloved guided me to take another course which involve my whole family in a beautiful ministry that will be led by my husband and me! We are happy for such a beautiful gift from God: His love, my husband, my children, my sister healed (her sister had cancer and now healed) and much more than He has done in these 2 months while taking my Sabbatical.
I wanted to thank you for every detail that you have had with me under the guidance of our Beloved, many beautiful things happened during my rest—one of them is the beautiful teaching that my Beloved gave me about putting my trust in Him and leaving everything in His hands. Today I am very grateful to you for always urging me not to run a person but to run into the arms of the Lord.
I will always keep the most beautiful memories of my days at RMI, I say goodbye happy to know that I gave
the best of me, for my BELOVED in RMI, and I met beautiful people like You, I learned something from all of them, came away with my own ministry with my husband and that is the most important thing.
~ Ziva in Peru RESTORED
After our leaders each SG, each agreed that it's time for you to take a well-deserved Sabbatical just as many of our Branch Directors and even Erin takes periodically as He leads and calls us to do.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; HE LEADS ME beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23: 1-3
“'My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,' says the Lord. 'And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.'" Isaiah 55:8–9
“The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
"Your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right or to the left." Isaiah 30:21
At the end of your Sabbatical, when it's time to return to ministering, entirely NEW and refreshed (and also for us to hear all that He has revealed to you during this cherished time off), we ask that you either fill out a 💕 Ministry Team Application 💕 or register as a new Alumni Affiliate so we can continue to encourage and support you!
Before you leave, please take a moment to explore what it means to be one of our RMI Alumni should He be calling you to branch out on your own and learn more about what we provide when you register as a new Alumni Affiliate.
Typically we Offer
A 30 or 40-Day Sabbatical
The length of your Sabbatical varies. Some ministers take off a few days, to a week, 2 weeks or longer. When a Sabbatical is recommended and mandatory, most often it's been a 30-Day Sabbatical, though sometimes He's led us to offer a 40-Day Sabbatical. Your Ministering Pastor will make sure this is clear with the return date for you. 7 days before your return, you will be sent either a new 💕 Ministry Team Application 💕 or register as a new Alumni Affiliate so we can hear how He spoke to you and what transpired during your Sabbatical. During those 7 days (7 meaning "it is finished") we trust you will hear from Him to know which is His plan for you so that on the return date, you can complete one of the forms we will send to you.
And should you not be reuniting with your fellow Ministry Team Members PLEASE 🙏🏼 be sure that you regularly share your heart of PRAISE with others by submitting a PRAISE Report. Look for and check the option of the broken heart 💔 so we tag your PRAISE correctly so it's easy for your MTM to find!
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8–9
“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think.”
“Just as rain and snow descends from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, so will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.” Isaiah 55:8-11 The Message
As you may or may not remember, almost all of our Ministry Pastors, Ministry Team Members, our volunteers, our interns—each came through RMI for a reason but also for a season!
We ask that you read or reread this very insightful Ministry Commitment Lesson, Lesson #12 For a Reason and For a Season " to remind you of the bigger picture in His perfect plan for your life! We also ask you journal when you're done so we all are of one-mind regarding your Sabbatical.
Once you finish your Sabbatical
we long to
Welcome You Home!
We've created a page "Welcome Home" not just for our current MTMs "Ministry Team Members" but also our returning MTMs. No matter how long you've been gone, on a Sabbatical or you left years ago— we hope you will take advantage of each of our resources and embrace them as your own to use for your OWN ministry.
This message from Him is important to remember—why He led you to RMI—wasn't just for restoration of your marriage but to allow you to feel His love and then use that love to pass on to other women—so they can experience Him themselves!!
HE LEADS ME
Become a Bridge Builder