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Why I Resigned (and You Should, Too)

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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.

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Shawn is the Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com. His heart beats for coaching leaders and helping them all conquer what keeps them up at night. Shawn previously served as Founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, and Directional Leader for churchplanters.com, and the annual Velocity Conference. Due to both demand and calling, Shawn has now devoted himself full-time to coaching leaders.