Grants for Sabbath Leaves

The Sabbath Leave Program provides pastors with opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual renewal while spending time on Samford University's campus.

Participating ministers work with Resource Center staff to craft regenerative, self-directed programs of Sabbath leave. Academic resources include undergraduate, liberal arts, business and physical and teacher education programs, as well as courses offered by Beeson Divinity School.

View an informational video on the Sabbath Leave Program (mp4 format on Full version (125 Mb), Shorter version for broadband (16.5 Mb), Shorter version for dial-up (9 Mb)

Sabbath Leave Photo 1

Sabbath Leave Photo 2

Pastors complete a Sabbath Leave Project of their own choosing, from research and writing to artistic composition. Ministers may apply for study leaves as short as two weeks or sabbaticals as long as three months. Sabbath leave stipends up to $6,000 are available, and matching financial or in-kind support is required of sponsoring congregations.




 For assistance in applying for a Sabbath Leave Grant in 2016, please contact Michael Wilson with the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at

To facilitate and learn from the Sabbath Leave Program, collaborative covenants between pastors, congregations and the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence are necessary. To this end, designated lay liaisons are an important part of the Sabbath leave process.

Sabbath Leave Photo 3Sabbath leaves are open to ministers of any age, race, sex or denomination.

If you would like to invest in the life of a minister through a donation to the Sabbath Leave Program, it is easy to do through Samford's on-line donation page. Simply enter your information in the spaces provided, and choose "Other, please specify," next to the line that states, "Apply my contribution to this Fund, and type "RCPE Sabbath Leave Program," in the "Other Fund" box.

Sabbath Leave Photo 4Selection Committee Members

Tom Brown, Canon Emeritus, Cathedral Church of the Advent
 and RCPE Pastoral Consultant

Sondra Coleman, Presiding Elder, Birmingham District of the AME Zion Church

Rodney Franklin, Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Michael Wilson, Program Director, Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence