1. TWO-YEAR ACADEMY FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION
The Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation “is an experience of disciplined Christian community emphasizing holistic spirituality—nurturing body, mind, and spirit…Two-Year Academies meet in residence (in the same location) for five days each calendar quarter (40 days). The first year focuses on the inward journey with Christ; the second year begins to shift to outward aspects of spiritual leadership. Throughout the two years, participants engage in spiritual practices of body, mind and spirit in the context of a supportive community.” (These quotes are taken directly from the website, http://academy.upperroom.org/ ) Choosing this option will encompass all three categories of the Clergy Wellness Program for two consecutive years. To select this option, complete the start-up questionnaire form and choose this option from the three-in-one wellness pull-down list. Once you complete your activity period, please complete the final reporting form to receive your incentive.
2. SABBATICAL LEAVE (Minimum of 30 Days)
Clergy serving in an appointment for six consecutive years, or its equivalent under certain conditions, are eligible to take a sabbatical leave “for a program of study or travel”. The official process for the approval of a sabbatical leave includes the Bishop, the District Superintendent, the Board of Ordained Ministry and a clear process that is laid out in paragraph 352 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline on page. Any clergy on a sabbatical for a minimum of 30 days that includes plans of care for the spirit, mind and body will count as the equivalent of completing all three components of the Clergy Wellness program will be able to either request a scholarship, or the $50.00 that would equate to participation in all three components of the wellness program. In addition, the bonus incentive gift of a $150.00 will awarded upon completion. To select this option, complete the start-up questionnaire form and choose this option from the three-in-one wellness pull-down list. Once you complete your activity period, please complete the final reporting form to receive your incentive.