It is with a heavy heart this morning that I am announcing my resignation to East Side Baptist Church as pastor effective March 3rd. My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity we’ve had here to journey with you plumbing the depths of God’s goodness and of His will for this church in Haskell, TX for the 21st century and beyond. It is no easy thing to try and use the wisdom that comes from the Spirit and the Word to try and discern what are the proper steps to take in life. The Lord has opened a door for us to join a recent church plant in the Metroplex, and we feel that this move will be honoring to the Lord’s calling in my life.
In times like this, I can’t help but constantly be thinking of the idea of legacy. There is no way for me to know what kind of effect my ministry here has had or will have. Only time will tell. But I can certainly tell you what I hope the effect will be: a body of believers that is committed, above all things, to the glory of Christ shining forth from Haskell, TX to the very ends of the Earth. To do that, you must be a people committed to the Word, to loving and living the gospel, and to spread the greatest news in all of history wherever, whenever, to whomever and however you can. These are the things to be unified around. May this congregation be known not by any sins that may be present, but for the commitment to gather together in the love displayed in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Having met with the deacons this week I am confident that they have the right heart and desire to lead this congregation in a path that will be very pleasing to the Lord. The path to spiritual maturity will not always be easy or comfortable. But it is the only path for a church of Jesus Christ to be on. Follow them, as they follow Christ.
The wonderful thing about the body of Christ is that there are never goodbyes. Not only do we have eternity to look forward to as we worship our Savior in all of his glory, but I’ve certainly come to discover that ministry with people leaves close ties that you simply cannot sever. The title of the classic song is especially true when it comes to the Christian community: it’s a small world after all. We will certainly be in prayer for the health and growth of this body of believers. Pray now how you can be a part of the many positive days that are ahead. We will certainly covet your prayers as we begin a new part of our journey serving the Lord.
To the praise of His glorious grace,