In case you haven't heard, I stepped down as the Senior Pastor at Greenville Christian Church this past Sunday. It's a long story that happened very fast. For those that haven't heard, I wanted to post my resignation speech that was shared on Sunday. To all my family at GCC - thanks for the ride! It's been awesome!
I've said it many times from this platform - “I want more...more of God.” And I never imagined that that hunger for God and His will for my life would bring me to the place I find myself.
Today it is with much heartache that I stand before you to resign as your Senior Pastor. I understand that this comes as a shock to many of you but if you'll allow me just a moment, I will try my best to explain how I've come to make this decision.
When I was called to be your Senior Pastor 15 months ago, I came with an incredible hunger for the Lord. That hunger has only served to grow with every passing day and has led me on an incredible journey with the Lord that I wouldn't trade for anything but along the way he's challenged my comfort zone and tested my obedience time and time again. At various points in my journey He's encouraged me to let go of certain beliefs and grab hold of others. With each exchange God has taken me to new heights in my relationship with Him. For that I'm forever grateful.
At the same time, I've developed deep convictions in regards to allowing the Holy Spirit absolute freedom to lead the church and to distribute spiritual gifts as he sees fit for her benefit.
I want to state that one more time as this is at the heart of my decision. Throughout my journey I've developed deep convictions in regards to allowing the Holy Spirit absolute freedom to lead the church and to distribute spiritual gifts as he sees fit for her benefit.
The difficulty lies in that, this conviction is not necessarily consistent with the elders' positional stance on spiritual gifts.
After hours of meetings the elders and I realized that in order for the church to move forward unity in leadership would be essential. But after much prayer and seeking of Godly counsel, my convictions have not allowed me to come into alignment with the elders' stance on this particular issue. Therefore I feel I'm left with no other option than to step down as your Senior Pastor and allow them to find a man who can lead this church in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.
Please know this decision breaks my heart because Jennifer and I quickly fell in love with the people of GCC and felt that God had big plans for the future of this church. BUT if my ONE THING, as we talked about today, is God, then my allegiance is to Him and I must follow wherever He leads.
I want you to know that today I step out in faith because at this point, there is no other church, there is no other ministry, there is no other job lined up. I'm simply being obedient to God's call and trusting Him to lead my every step from here on out.
As I conclude allow me to say this by way of encouragement. Jesus has called us to walk in love. Regardless of whether we understand or even agree with the decisions that have been made, it will be vital for this church and the world that watches that we walk in love. It is not a time to be critical of divisive but rather it's a time to chase after the Lord and seek His leadership. He's loves this church more than we'll ever know.
All that being said, the elders and I have determined that today will be my last Sunday as your Senior Pastor.
On behalf of Jennifer and myself, I would like to thank you for loving and accepting our family from day one. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Greenville and have grown so much as a man and as a pastor.
I love you GCC and will forever pray for you.