Waiting on Both Halves of the Soul: Ministry as Prose and as Poetry

Vincent Rush observes that the life and work of the minister necessarily involves skills in two domains -- the fixed and constant world in which outcomes are definable and more or less subject to control and a contrasting world of allusion, symbol, story, parable, ritual and directionless play where outcomes always come as a gift. He discussses how a period of sabbatical proved essential to rebalancing these two sides of ministry which he calls "the prose and the poetry" of ministry.
Saint Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church