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David Alves Collection (3 vols.)
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David Alves Collection (3 vols.)

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David Alves, iUniverse 2009–2014

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David C. Alves’ Sabbatical Primers come from his own experience as a pastor in need of renewal and refreshment following years of ministry. His concern for other pastors began during his ministry career, and he encourages greater health in their personal and corporate lives. The primers in this collection provide basic, practical suggestions for initiating and navigating a ministry sabbatical. Learn how to maximize and plan a spiritual sabbatical with this collection, and how to support your pastor during their sabbatical.

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Key Features

  • Prepares churches for planning and arranging a pastoral sabbatical
  • Offers ways to maintain health and balance in periods of rest
  • Encourages pastors through firsthand experiences and scriptural instruction

Product Details

Individual Titles

A Sabbatical Primer for Churches: How to Love and Honor the Pastor God Has Given You

  • Author: David C. Alves
  • Series: A Sabbatical Primers Series
  • Publisher: David Alves
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 198

Much of what pastors do day in and day out can go unseen by their congregation. David C. Alves writes so that lay-congregational leadership may see the unique demands that ministry places upon their pastors. A Sabbatical Primer for Churches answers questions surrounding ministry sabbaticals and offers a rationale, along with practical steps, to initiate and navigate a successful spiritual renewal leave. Gain insight into how to be a blessing to your pastor and better lead your church to provide for his or her spiritual Sabbath.

A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave

  • Author: David C. Alves
  • Series: A Sabbatical Primers Series
  • Publisher: David Alves
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 130

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Pastoral fatigue and burnout cost churches more than just money—they cost lives. More pastors and church leaders leave ministry today than in any other time in the history of Christianity. Often, pastors in crisis have few resources to help them. This volume exists to assist a pastor to maximize the gift of a pastoral sabbatical from conception to conclusion.

What a wise and winsome invitation to the spiritual practice of sabbatical! This is a most helpful offering!

—Ruth Haley Barton, author, Invitation to Solitude and Silence

If every beginning minister were given a start-up kit when they began, David Alves’ book, would be an essential. . . I highly recommend this primer for every new and veteran minister who cares about his or her future vitality!

Wayne Cordeiro, author, Leading on Empty

Having benefited from three sabbaticals I strongly recommend this primer for every pastor both as an encouragement and a challenge to examine your life in the light of the pressures of ministry today and the transformation a sabbatical can produce in you.

—Richard Germaine, founder/director, Barnabas Ministries

We’re the “Sons of God”. . .So What? Believe God about Who You Really Are!

  • Author: David C. Alves
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 188

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, David Alves illustrates how God can work in the lives of Christians everywhere. Fully referenced with Scripture, Alves outlines a seven-point checklist to facilitate spiritual maturity. By following the checklist, readers can adopt a new perspective on how to live out scriptural descriptions of the Christian life. Alves encourages his readers to experience God’s deep and abiding love and discover how being a “son of God” affects life today. Sprinkled with anecdotes, this volume explores the perplexities Christians experience in life.

About David Alves

David C. Alves has served in pastoral ministry for 25 years. As co-founder/director of Frontline Ministries, Inc., he centers his ministries on spiritual maturity through “sonship.” Alves received his his doctorate at Regent University, and also holds degrees from Asbury College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife have ministered to pastoral staffs, pastors, and pastoral families, for over 17 years.