Why I Resigned (and You Should, Too)

Shawn Lovejoy: "After much prayer and reflection, I have made a private decision I need to make public here today."

After much prayer and reflection, I have made a private decision I need to make public here today.

Effective immediately, I am resigning as the leader of our church.

Why am I taking this drastic measure? The answer is simple: The challenges of leadership here are simply more than I can currently handle. It is difficult for me to admit, but I have been in over my head for some time now. I am inadequate to lead this church.

I simply cannot do it alone or be in charge any more. For a long time, I have carried the burden, the debt, the decisions, the pain and the weight of trying to lead this church to greatness.

I thought for a long time that I could do it. I thought I could turn it around. I thought that I could help our church grow and reach more people. I thought I was capable of leading our team and our leaders in accomplishing our mission. I have worked hard to discipline and grow myself as a leader, preacher and visionary for our church.

More so than ever before, however, God has shown me that I am not the man for this job. For reasons like this, I have made the decision to resign.

All that being said, I have no plans to leave the church.

I just don’t want to be the leader anymore. My plan is to continue to serve here, and you will see me around. I may not be as visible, but I will be here. Don’t be alarmed by this course of action. When new leadership is securely in place, I covenant to you as a church family: I will follow His leadership.

In fact, I have no intentions of resigning from my actual position as lead pastor of our church. I am confident that God called me here for a purpose. I know for today that God has called me to be lead pastor of this church. Therefore, I am not resigning from my position as lead pastor.

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Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church, the Directional Leader of churchplanters.com, and the author of 'The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors," which released in April 2012. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Tricia and three children.

More from Shawn Lovejoy or visit Shawn at http://www.shawnlovejoy.com/

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