Which of these 3 keeps tripping up your home assignment?

Jan 19, 2023 | 0 comments

In his book Upstream, Dan Heath explores how to solve problems before they happen. Basically, when you are upstream you have different—better—options than you do downstream. Downstream you are forced to react to situations. 

Is an upstream approach possible for a sabbatical? Or life in ministry?

It is. However, these three barriers can get in the way:

1. Problem Blindness —  the belief that negative outcomes are normal or inevitable. Phrases like “that’s just how it is” or to put a Christian spin on it, “that’s part of the call.” While it’s true that there is a cost to the call, too often we play that card without really thinking through if it is a cost or a result of problem blindness.

Sabbaticals are only for pastors or professors.

Home assignments aren’t really restful.

What a waste of my supporters’ money! I should be on the field.

2. A Lack of Ownership — many individuals or organizations are too overwhelmed or under-resourced to move upstream. At Global Trellis, we want to be part of the solution and have pledged to be part of preparing you to function upstream when you can. 

My organization doesn’t have a plan for my home assignment, they just said I have to take one.

Sabbaticals are only for people who are in academics, so this doesn’t apply to me.

What will people think of me? What will I tell them I’m doing?

3. Tunneling — when people are juggling a lot of problems, they give up trying to solve them all and adopt tunnel vision. A clue that you’re tunneling is when you feel a sense of scarcity. You might feel that you don’t have enough time, money, supporters, teammates, options, or even favor from God. Tunneling forces you into short-term thinking. As Dan Heath said, “In the tunnel, there’s only forward.”

You have no idea how many churches and supporters I need to visit.

I already feel strapped for time! I cannot add this course on top of it all.

I have a whole year . . . what’s the rush?

The Sabbatical Journey Course was created with these three barriers in mind. God will use the time you have. He sees you, and loves you. The Sabbatical Journey course provides enough structure to be useful and enough flexibility to work with your reality. It is divided into four quarters, so you have time to focus on resting, refueling, reequipping, and refocusing.

Whether this is your first or seventh sabbatical, don’t miss this opportunity to journey with God. Join today before the doors close tomorrow.

Amy Young

Life enthusiast. Author. Sports lover. Jesus follower. Supporting cross-cultural work.

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