The Big News

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As you know it’s been a little quieter around here than usual – actually went 10 days without blogging! Let’s get right to it – I’ll try and be brief and to the point.

On Wednesday, January 7, I resigned my position as Executive Pastor at LifeChurch. After serving at LifeChurch for 5 years, Jen I and I made the decision that in the best interest of our family, and the church – I needed to resign.

Of course there are 2 big questions that come up:

1. Why?

2. What are you going to do now?

So I’d like to try and answer both questions as honestly as possible.

1. Why? There’s a couple reasons why. Mainly, I was not in a position where I really felt called or necessarily gifted. Don’t get me wrong – I love the church, and love working in the church and have always been excited about stepping up and filling any need. And I really tried my hardest over the past year to learn new skills and lead in a manner worthy of the calling – but in the end, I just wasn’t feeling passionate about the role of Executive Pastor. There’s other things that helped us make this decision such as burn-out & differences in leadership style, but overall – we just didn’t feel that this was a healthy fit any longer.

2. What now? Well we really don’t know to be honest! This is a huge step of faith for us. Some may think it’s foolish… Bad economy, churches cutting budgets, people getting laid off, losing their homes, etc. All we can say is that it was time. For me, I’ll always do what needs to be done to take care of my family, and that’s what I intend to do – however I can. We’ve decided to downsize our lives – not that we were living large or anything! But we’re moving to a smaller home, selling almost all our furniture – just lightening the load. Another thing we intend to do is to rest – I feel like I’ve been running a sprint for 5 years. I want for me and my family to connect with each other and God on a deeper level – to learn to trust him more and hear his voice during this time.

Here’s what we need. Prayer. That’s it really. We know God has a plan for our family – much better than anything we could conceive. So pray that we can learn to trust him more and yield more and more of our lives to him. Some of you already know of this decision and have been nothing but supportive and encouraging – we cannot express our gratitude enough – THANK YOU!

And lastly, let me say this as CLEARLY and EMPHATICALLY as possible. We love LifeChurch, all it’s pastors & staff and families – we will miss it dearly! There is no animosity, anger, or things left undone. God’s hand has been in this process from start to finish. LifeChurch has been extremely gracious with our exit and we will conitnue to pray for the success of LifeChurch, for God’s supernatural blessing on it as a church and the pastors and staff as they seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Temecula Valley.

There is a God-sized story developing here and we can’t wait to share it with you!

23 thoughts on “The Big News

  1. Chris Stout

    Hey Brother,
    I know I will sure miss your leadership there, but I will always count on your friendship and leadership on the “outside” as us military call it. More power to you and your family. We love ya!

    Chris Stouts last blog post..Update 1/16/09

  2. WorshipCity

    Hey man. Sobering news but there’s nothing better than chasing God’s will!
    I guess the good news is that there will be less church posts and more Office posts? Hahaha. Just kidding.
    I think I’m going to begin an online prayer list! Seems like 09 truly will be a year of change. Know that I’m thinking about you and your family and if that road trip takes you anywhere near Louisiana, we’ve got some incredibly comfy sofas!

    WorshipCitys last blog post..I wish I prayed at 3

  3. Jan Owen

    Alex, I admire your honesty and authenticity and willingness to do whatever it takes to be in the middle of God’s will. I’m praying for you as you begin a new adventure in your journey of faith. I can’t wait to see what God does as you step out in faith. God’s blessings.

  4. Chris Hill

    Alex, I don’t know you very well, but I just want to encourage you in your decision. I’m sure your family will benefit from your decision. Keep seeking God’s plan. Get some rest!! btw….keep blogging. I really enjoy what you have to say.

    Chris Hills last blog post..Reminder: We are still in the world

  5. brent(inWorship)

    Dang. You have really hit me hard with this. I am in the middle of feeling alot of what your feeling, but not necessarily about my job, just about life in general. My heart is to be in a place that I have to depend on Him. A place where I am so out of control, that I have no choice but to watch Him work and see His power. I am aching for that.

    You have my prayer. And you have my eyes intently fixed on you and your family during this time to watch and learn from you. You have my admiration for a step of faith like this. And you have my applause. Well done Alex.

    I am so excited to be reading about your journey from here on out.

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  7. Kathy Garnevicus

    Me and my family have sooo enjoyed worshiping with you and your family over the years…you will be missed at Life Church. Our family is a “fruit” in your crown for service, love, and grace given by our Lord! God bless you and family on your new ventures, have some fun together!

  8. Billy Chia

    wow bro, big step. As a fellow “I resigned from my church job” guy, I feel you on how deep and struggling it is to make a call like this. You rock for having the courage to follow God.

    Billy Chias last blog post..Connecting on LinkedIn

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  10. alex

    Chris, yer a true friend & I look forward to hanging with you on the ‘outside’.

    Conner, I’ve loved getting to watch you and your family via blogging – and yes, hopefully I’ll get back into Office blogging. Hopefully if all goes well, we can stop by and say HI!

    Jan, thanks for the kind words & encouragement – you’ll see more of the story as the weeks & months go by.

    Chris, I don’t know you very well either, but have been checkin yer blog. Thanks for the comment & I look forward to getting to know you better.

    Brent, I know this was a shocker – I think that’s a good thing (more on that later). We’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and Tam better over the past year – hopefully we can meet in person soon. Thanks for your prayers & support.

    Eric, you’ve been such a good friend & co-worker. I can’t tell you how much we respect you and your family and are excited to see you flourish in your current role at Chorus. I envision a long and lasting friendship!

    Andy, good to see you here brother! I’ve loved seeing you around playing at Life over the past couple months. Thanks for the prayers!

    Kathy, we love you guys! We’ll really miss you & don and the kids – especially Jon, who by the way is an AMAZING example of God’s love & grace. I have so much respect and love for that guy. Jon, if you’re reading – keep on in your faith and service to God – you’re in your sweet spot!

    Melissa, we love you guys so much too and will be on the edge of our seats waiting for those girls to come home – they will be so blessed to call you mom!

    Billy, Billy, Billy – I was hoping for a cajones comment! Love you man and thanks for the support. I had a good time watching your journey – and continue to watch in anticipation.

    Jeff – one word: PIZZA!

    Vince wins the ‘best comment award’. Love you guys.

  11. Greg

    Alex- it has been great getting to know and interact with you guys, and look forward to hanging out with you… And hope to get the families together at the same time!!! We’ll make it work somehow… I know we can… Ummm… Ok, we need to just do it!!!

  12. John

    Alex, you’re a man of class and character. God has amazing things ahead for you and the McLean fam.

  13. alex

    Alastair, jumped over to your blog and read the news – praying with you!

    Greg, it’s been awesome to get to know you & your family better and you’re right we will get together soon!

    John, that means so much to me – thanks for your friendship and leadership!

    Peter – the rock.

    Rob, no YOU are the freak my friend!

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