My brothers and co-laborers,On Tuesday night we will have a question and answer time for the congregation where I will share more of what we believe God is calling us to as a family.
It is with a conflicted mass of sorrow and joy that I offer the elders my resignation from the role of Senior Pastor of New Song Church effective September 30 or at a time prior at your
As you well know, I have been asking a series of questions for almost 8 years, “Is God calling me away from New Song Church?” “Am I the best fit for the needs of our church?” “Are my gifts being fully utilized for the glory of God?” “Should I be spending more of my time training and coaching church planters and working to accelerate a church planting movement?”
These questions, combined with the growing realization that I was not serving New Song as well as it needs to be served, have convinced me that God is calling me to a new adventure. I love you men and this church and don’t want to be a hindrance to anything God desires to do here. At the same time I have become convinced that not working in the “blue flame” area of my gifts makes me a hindrance to the great work to which God is calling New Song.
Over the last year and most particularly, over the last three months God has brought great light to my heart on my need to resign. Just before I went to Britain to train church planters with DCPI in mid April, I made the decision. It was an exhilarating experience training church planters in London. During all of the sessions there, I had multiple “Eric Liddel” moments when I felt the pleasure of God. In the evenings, I would return to my hotel room and weep for two hours as I contemplated coming back to New Song and telling you, my brother elders, and the congregation, that God was calling me away. And yet, even through my tears, I felt the pleasure of God. This is His will and I must say yes to him.
In late April I told you verbally. Now you have it in writing. And so I ask you my brothers, to accept my resignation with joy and I plead for your prayers as I seek to fill in the details of what God is calling me to do next. You, as always, have all my prayers as you continue to lead the bride of Christ at New Song. To God be the glory.
Still serving Jesus,
Senior Teaching Pastor
(letter delivered to elders on June 2, announcement made on June 8)
For all who read this blog, I want to ask you for your prayers for the family of New Song, especially its elders, as together we seek to plot a course for the glory of God. Pray too for my wife and children as we make this transition. We are excited about what God is calling us to, at the same time, deeply saddened to have to leave my church family at NSC to answer the greater call of God in my life.
God is sovereign and holy and his judgments are righteous altogether (Ps. 19) and every surprise and trial of life is an opportunity to say YES to God at a deeper level than we had before. William Bordan (Bordan of Yale) said it this way: "In every situation, say no to yourself and yes to Jesus."
No matter where it takes you, no matter what it costs you, no matter how it challenges your comfort zones, say YES to Jesus because 2 Chronicles 16:9 is still true.
"The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his."Jesus will support your heart in every "YES" your heart cries out for his will. He is supporting mine right now.