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.
The Lord is at work redeeming and sanctifying a people for Himself.