SHIFT: The 6 Phases of Sabbatical

Series: Your Path to Success at the 2023 Mission Leaders Conference!

Would you or someone in your organization benefit from an intentional sabbatical — a season to allow the ground of your heart to lay fallow so that new fruitfulness might grow?

Sara and Jeff are sabbatical and transition coaches and the founders of The Way Between ( In this interview, Sara and Jeff share about their pre-conference workshop at the Missio Nexus 2023 Mission Leader Conference: SHIFT: Rapid Social Transformation and the Gospel.

The 6 Phases of Sabbatical for Effective Recovery and Upward Momentum

At this pre-conference workshop, you will learn the deep significance behind an effective sabbatical, best practices that lead to upward momentum, and how key resources are essential to an effective sabbatical season.

You will learn how to:

  • Evaluate need and readiness for a sabbatical season
  • Prepare well for an effective sabbatical
  • Answer the main driving questions regarding sabbaticals
  • Utilize key resources needed for a successful sabbatical that helps leaders:
  • off-ramp well,
  • rest and reflect well, and
  • on-ramp with a new perspective and upward momentum

You will receive tools to support an effective sabbatical:

  • Sabbatical Readiness Survey and Planning Guide
  • Group interaction and discussion around sabbatical case studies, needs, and focus in each phase
  • Research results on sabbatical effectiveness

Register for SHIFT today and join Jeff and Sara Simons in Orlando September 27–29, 2023. You’ll network with new Great Commission friends and colleagues, and gain helpful resources as you take in dynamic speakers and practical workshops at the beautiful Caribe Royale Resort.

MEET THE PRESENTERS: Sara & Jeff Simons are both passionate about development and care for ministry leaders in major transition receiving the resources and support they need. They have both served in this type of member development work for the last 15 years. They relocated to Colorado with their two children after 8 years living & working in southern Spain, and a total of 11 years in other locations abroad. Moving during a global pandemic has only increased their compassion for working with ministry leaders in complex transitions. They both hold the same degrees, MA in Intercultural Studies and Leadership, a BA in Psychology and coaching credentials with ICF. You can find them adventuring and exploring the trails of Colorado, The Camino de Santiago in Spain, or in any country they’re traveling through, really!

The People Care & Development Track is sponsored by Soul Shepherding

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