The Church has the ability to transform the world. This fact is patently obvious if one looks at the last 2,000 or so years of world history. What may be less obvious is that the Church has been at its most influential when it has been committed to and sustained by regular spiritual practices.
At its best, a sabbatical is meant to nurture the relationship between pastor and congregation and leave both energized and more ready for ministry at the conclusion. If you have ideas as to what would be refreshing for Nativity next summer, let the committee know!