a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a break. The main Bible passage for sabbatical concepts is Genesis 2:2-3, in which God rested (literally, “ceased” from His labor) after creating the universe, and it is applied to people (Jew and Gentile, slave and free) and even to beasts of burden in one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11, reaffirmed in Deuteronomy 5:12-15). All agriculture was stopped during these periods, so even the land itself was given a Sabbath.
In recent times, “sabbatical” has come to mean any absence in the career of an individual. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or travelling or research.
During a Mini Sabbatical, you’ll have time to think, pray and connect with God and each other in the beauty of His creation called Sandy Cove. Imagine…no rush, no schedule.
By yourself…with your spouse…or with another pastor or ministry leader in need of the same. No formal meetings or programs to attend.
This is a Spirit-directed time for you. Have your own prayer retreat. Catch up on your reading. Write a book! Organize a staff retreat or planning time. Work on sermon outlines.
Sunday night through Tuesday morning
Schedule subject to change
We have meals scheduled but the rest of your time is for you to determine…
4:00 pm Check in to Guest Rooms
8 am Breakfast
12 pm Lunch
8 am Breakfast
10:00 Guest Room Check out
Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!
“Quiet time & fellowship with God and meeting new Christians was great! Awesome experience.”
- Vickie, Baltimore, MD
“Walking grounds, talking, reading with my wife. Analogy – when we arrived the bay was extremely choppy water. The day we left it was extremely calm…need I say more!!!”
– Glenn, Plymouth, PA
“The quiet, peaceful atmosphere allowed plenty of time to connect and hear from God.”
– Lorraine, Jersey City, NJ
“Given time of rest and the quiet time alone with the Lord, to seek His face.”
– Barbara and Bruce, Philadelphia, PA
“I was able to relax with no interruptions while enjoying the view!”
– Sidney, White Plains, MD
“I was able to connect with the Lord through other pastors visiting. My soul has truly been blessed!”
– Chantell, Philadelphia, PA
Wondering if you qualify as a pastor or ministry leader?
Don’t worry, we won’t be asking for ID. But as a general rule, if you are a pastor of any kind (senior, associate, youth, worship, full-time or part-time), missionaries, church staff, speakers and teachers, musicians and worship leaders, lay leaders (women, men, children’s education, singles, couples, seniors, etc.), life group or Bible study leaders, para-church organization staff, … and the list goes on!
Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!
10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.