On Sunday, July 13, I sent the following letter to our Deacon / Pastor Leadership Team. I was sitting in an office with Sara-Lee pondering life. The membership of Christian Life Assembly were meeting. I was wondering and praying when there came a knock on the door. It was our Superintendent with words that would change the trajectory of our lives. We had received a 92% vote, higher than CLA had ever voted before. Prior to going with him to address the assembled crowd, I sent this letter. The relationships here are too valuable and important for me not to honour. Before anyone else knew, via email, our leaders knew. I then went to complete what I had called my rendez-vous with destiny. God had answered our prayers for discernment, he has started to write a new chapter for us all. Let us hold to faith in Him.
Dear Emmanuel Leadership,
It is with mixed emotions that I render my official resignation as Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church, West Kelowna . After a strong vote of the membership of Christian Life Assembly, I have accepted the call to pastoral duties effective September 1st.
After 17 years of incredible ministry my departure from all that is comfortable and familiar will come with difficulties. These have been the best years of my life. Each of you are not only partners in ministry but friends. There are two emotions I feel right now, contrasting ones. First the pain of good bye. It breaks my heart to leave you. The second is relief, not from the end of a process but from obedience. I have done what God required me to do. I fulfilled my marching orders. My alignment to Him is secure and I have passed His test. The outcome has truly surprised me. However, as I look back, this may be one of the most pivotal tests I've ever had to undertake.
Thank you for your prayers and support. I have never felt abandoned or judged. I have bragged of your spiritual depth and emotional health. I believe your test now begins. May you be strong and courageous. May you be prayerful and faith filled. May you see God's provision and care in increasing ways.
We will meet tomorrow night at 7 pm. Superintendent Ken Russell will be with us.
For Such a Time as This,