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:
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!