Pastoral Care and Wellness
Pastoral Care and Wellness’ primary responsibility is to offer pastoral support to minister members of Presbytery, educators serving churches of Shenandoah Presbytery, and their families – sharing with them the joys and concerns of their lives .. ‘from the womb to the tomb.’ This support includes but is not limited to:
>Pastoral care during illness, births, deaths, new beginnings, periods of transition, etc.
>Requests for and recognition of one’s Honorable Retirement
>Coordinating the annual Necrology and written memorials for minister members
>Orientation for pastors new to Shenandoah Presbytery and newly ordained pastors
>Initiatives to enhance wellness
>Coordination of Sabbaticals for clergy and certified Christian educators
The Committee also works to strengthen the relationships between the Presbytery and its congregations through Triennial visits; and works in conjunction with the Professional Development committee to administer the Rehoboth program, and provide opportunities for continuing education and enrichment for pastors/educators.
Sabbatical Policy – Read and download Policy– Adobe
Sabbatical Leave Planning – Download Adobe pdf document
The Presbytery of Shenandoah requires that all new calls for full-time, installed pastors and full-time Certified Christian Educators include a compensated sabbatical of at least three (3) months after six (6) years of service to a particular position.