Did you know? Andy and Chris have been serving in ministry at the Branch since 2005. The RCA (our denomination) recommends a sabbatical after 5 years of service!
The Dragt family will be first experiencing sabbatical this coming January/February, with an intentional focus on discipleship and community.
Sabbaticals are about renewal…Individual and family renewal that can lead to corporate renewal within the community.
With that in mind, the Dragt family will be traveling to a place that has already lead to significant growth and renewal over the last couple of years. We will be living in a small cottage by the sea in Pawleys Island, South Carolina where we have been invited to enter into the rhythms of grace and family with the leaders of The Order Of Mission here in the United States.
Our main goal is to make space and allow God to prune away those parts of our lives that still connect our identity to the work that we accomplish for God’s Kingdom. We believe with all our hearts that our identity comes from our adoption into God’s family, but it’s hard to break a lifetime of habits and cultural influence that say: “you are your job” or “you are the things you accumulate”
We think an extended period of abiding along with weekly spiritual direction from trusted mentors will allow God to cut away those parts of us, allowing for even more fruitfulness in the future.
Questions? Contact a Steward, Chris, or Andy
“come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28