What is the purpose of the sabbatical and how will it help
NPFCC achieve our mission?
We are committed to the health and development of our
church staff. A sabbatical is a planned time away from the demands of daily
ministry to engage in reflection, renewal and rest. It is proven that such
experiences invigorate the leadership of pastors and bring new vitality to
their congregations as well. We believe
that as Pastor Ken takes this time to encounter God and build on his primary
relationships, he will be strengthened to lead our church during the next
season of ministry.
How long and when is the sabbatical?
Three months. Beginning June 17, 2019 – September 10,
What is NPFCC’s policy on Sabbaticals?
After seven years of full time service at NPFCC, the NPFCC Employee Handbook provides a pastor is entitled to a three-month sabbatical. (Pastor Ken has served for
30 years in full time ministry at NPFCC and has not taken a Sabbatical).
What was the decision/approval process of the sabbatical?
Discussions began in late 2017 between Pastor Ken and the
Elder Board. The Elder Board approved
the Sabbatical plan and we applied for the Sabbatical Grant in April of
2018. NPFCC was awarded the grant in
October 2018 to be used during the 2019 calendar year.
What is NPFCC’s history with pastoral sabbaticals?
In 2013, Pastor Jim Buckley took a six-month sabbatical
from April – October. He used this time to walk across America.
Are sabbaticals of this nature common for churches today?
Yes, many churches offer sabbaticals to their pastors
after a designated number of years of full-time service.
Why does Pastor Ken want time away from the church? Is he
Pastor Ken believes that this is the best time for him to
take a sabbatical. Our church staff and leadership is strong and capable to
care for the needs of the church. Our
church is healthy and growing and we hope the sabbatical will help Pastor Ken
be energized to continue leading NPFCC into the future. Pastor Ken loves the NPFCC family and while
looking forward to the time of growth, is excited to return and help lead NPFCC
into the future.
Who will be in charge of day to day operations of the
church while pastor Ken is away?
We are confident that our church staff will be able
handle the day-to-day operations of the church. Our Elders are available whenever needed for spiritual direction and
leadership. Both our staff and elders
are available if there are any emergencies in the church family as well.
Who will be preaching during the Sabbatical?
We will have a mix of other church staff as well as guest
speakers chosen by pastor Ken and our Sabbatical planning team prior to the
beginning of sabbatical. The sabbatical planning team is: Ken LaMont, Devan
Bumstead, Steve Covert, Joyce Dowding, and Barry Kirschenmann.
What will pastor Ken be doing during the sabbatical?
He will be doing some traveling with his wife Brenda on a
Footsteps of Paul Tour to visit key locations of churches in the New Testament
like Corinth, Ephesus, Athens, Rome, etc… Then he will be spending time with
his family and some personal retreats for times of reading and reflection.
How much will this cost the church?
Nothing. NPFCC has
received the 2018 National Clergy Renewal Program, funded by Lilly Endowment
Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary. The grant covers all
expenses for pastor Ken’s sabbatical as well as the cost for guest speakers.
The grant amount awarded was $46,300
Will pastor Ken be paid while on sabbatical?
Yes, one of the stipulations for the grant was that the
pastor awarded the sabbatical be paid their regular salary while on sabbatical.
Will this be considered Pastor Ken’s vacation time for the
No, the guidelines for the sabbatical state clearly this
is not to be considered a vacation but time away for reflection and renewal.
Will we be able to contact Pastor Ken during the
Contact will be limited to emergencies only, as determined
by church leadership, and will only be able to be initiated through the
Who are the staff and elders at NPFCC?
Lead Pastor – Ken LaMont
Associate Pastor – Devan Bumstead
Teaching Pastor – Jim Buckley
Student Ministries Director – Shawn Saiger
Children’s Ministry Director – Crystal Stenner
Church Administrator – Gary Arthington
Office Administrator – Joyce Dowding
Barry Kirschenmann – Chairman
Bob Dowding – Vice Chairman
Jim Morrow – Secretary