SABBATICAL PREPAREDNESS QUIZ

Have pastor complete first section.  Church section should be completed by a representative body (session, council, board, etc.).  Base responses on the past two to three years experience.

For the Pastor:

1. Do you regularly take set aside time for prayer and meditation?
    _____    (1 = seldom; 2 = sometimes; 3 = usually)           

2. How much time are you able to regularly claim for study each week?
    _____    (1 = very little; 2 = 1-2 hours    ; 3 = at least one half day)

3. How have you taken your allotted vacation time?
    _____    (1 = Sundays only; 2 = one week at a time; 3 = annually as a lump)

4. Have you used your allotted study leave time?
    _____    (1 = none; 2 = some; 3 = all)

5. When you return from a study leave experience, how do you share what you have learned with congregation leadership?
    _____    (1 = none; 2 = a report or sermon; 3 = ongoing)

6. Do you return from vacation or study leave for pastoral emergencies?
    _____    (1 = routinely; 2 = rarely; 3 = never)

7. Do you take your scheduled time off each week?
    _____    (1 = seldom; 2 = sometimes; 3 = always)

8. Have you shared clear plans for your sabbatical with family and church leadership?
    _____    (1 = no plans yet; 2 = general focus; 3 = clear goals & objectives)

9. Rate your anxiety level as you anticipate this extended time away.
    _____    (1 = anxious; 2 = ambivalence; 3 = calm excitement)

10. Are there pressing issues, conflicts or tensions in the church?
    _____    (1 = none; 2 = some moderate; 3 = serious matters)

11. Is anyone in the congregation upset with you or church leaders?
    _____    (1= none; 2 = one or two; 3 = several)

For the Representatives of the Congregation:

1. Have you discussed a sabbatical plan with your pastor?
    _____    (1 = no; 2 = briefly; 3 = at some length)

2. Are there persons available to your congregation with the abilities and willingness to handle responsibilities for preaching?    
    _____    (1 = no; 2 = available but not asked; 3 = committed)
    _____    For teaching?
    _____    For pastoral care?
    _____    For Administrative leadership?

3. Do major committees and ministry groups function without the pastor?
    _____    (1 = no; 2 = some of the time; 3 = routinely)

4. How frequently has the church experienced meaningful worship led by someone other than the pastor?
    _____    (1 = never; 2 = once or twice; 3 = four or more times)

5. When the pastor is unavailable, where do you seek pastoral care?
    _____    (1 = call the pastor; 2 = everyone is on their own; 3 = leaders have a plan)

6. Rate your anxiety level as you anticipate this extended time away.
    _____    (1 = anxious; 2 = ambivalence; 3 = calm excitement)

7. What are the church’s available cash reserves?
    _____    (1 = very little; 2 = less than cost of sabbatical; 3 = more than adequate)

8. Are there pressing issues, conflicts or tensions in the church?
    _____    (1 = none; 2 = some moderate; 3 = serious matters)

9. Is anyone upset with the pastor or church leadership?
    _____    (1= none; 2 = one or two; 3 = several)

This concludes the quiz. 
Add scores from both pastor’s and congregation’s portions:           

If the total is less than 24, a sabbatical is not likely to address the needs of either the church or the pastor.

If the total is between 25 and 60, both pastor and church have some issues that need to be addressed before an effective sabbatical can take place.  Sand Bur Consulting has the experience to lead you through this process.

If the total is more than 60, choose a coach/prayer partner for both pastor and church and continue preparing for what should be a beneficial sabbatical experience.

If the total is more than 70, check your math.