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In the 25th chapter of the Old Testament book of Leviticus the concept of a sabbatical year and a year of jubilee are presented. Without going into deep biblical interpretation, let me simply overview the concept.
For six years the land is farmed. During the seventh year it is not. It is a year of sabbatical. For seven sets of seven years the land is farmed and a sabbatical taken. The 50th year is a year of jubilee. It is like starting over.
This is the basic concept. Biblical scholars and theologians can educate and entertain us with much more in-depth understandings of what Leviticus 25 says.
My purpose here is to draw from this brief overview what I believe is an excellent comparison to the pattern of the life cycle of congregations. It is a pattern congregations need to understand and follow. The amazing thing is that it seems to fit what might be close to an ideal pattern for congregations.