101 – Yes, a Sabbatical is possible for the small church pastor! [Podcast]

Interview with Pastor Bobby Cates

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcastIn this week’s episode I’m sharing an interview I did recently with my friend pastor Bobby Cates of Slidell’s First Baptist Church in Slidell, TX.

A few months ago, Bobby got to experience something that a lot of small church pastors never get close to and I wanted to spend some time with him to talk about it for the benefit of other small church pastors.





Key insights from this interview

“Biblical rest is intentional.”

“This is not my church. It is the Bride of Christ.”

“The best thing we can give our family is ourselves.”


Contacting Bobby Cates

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Slidell’s First Baptist Church Website

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Resources Mentioned



Society for Church Consulting


Podcast episode with Farsi Pastor


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*Special thanks to Keith Cooper (Guitar Music for intro)

*Special thanks to Nathan Woodward (Saxophone Music for outro)

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