Thomas James

by Andrew Ware

Thomas James is a pastor in Northern Virginia, and has been working in some church/ministry capacity for almost 20 years. Over this time, he has tried to always practice good manners of self-care. However, like many of us the pandemic made it much more difficult to do so. Thomas and I begin our conversation talking about why the pandemic hit him so hard. Then we talk about Thomas need for some extended renewal leave, and the process he went through with the church he serves to ensure that he could have the time and space needed to have this time of renewal.

Thomas took off 3 months. Hear all the things Thomas did during this time, and his difference in understanding between a sabbatical and renewal leave and why this differentiation was important for him.

Thomas offers a perspective of how we can and should view opportunities of extended leave, and how we can have conversations with those around us in making those decisions to ensure that these times away from vocation are effective in what they can accomplish.

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Background Music from Yevhen Lokhmatov, ‘Race For Glory’ Granted permission to use this Music by Melody Loops and its licensees, including Andrew Ware.

Andrew Ware

Andrew is a pastor in the United Methodist Church serving Beech Grove UMC in Suffolk, Va. He is a husband to the most amazing wife and father to two amazing kids. I love to run and get active and I am a big advocate for self-care in whatever form helps you to care for yourself.


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