Effective immediately, I’m quitting as the leader of this church.
Honestly, the challenges of leadership here are far more than I can bear. In the past couple of years, the Lord has been teaching me some things about myself that, at first, were hard for me to swallow. My pride & ego have prevented me from making this decision. But today, it’s official.
I am not fit to be the leader of this church. For a long time, I really thought I could handle it. I thought I was gonna be the guy who reached a bunch of people and helped them grow closer to Jesus. I thought I was capable of making all the right decisions and hiring all the right people. I thought I could accomplish our vision and mission. I thought my sermons would be premier, and I would lead our team to be “top notch” and I thought all my efforts would result in a great church.
But today, I am fully aware that I’m not the man for that job. Therefore, I’ve decided to quit.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no plans to leave the church. I’m just not in charge. You’ll still see me every Sunday, my family will continue to be a part of this church, and I will still serve as the “pastor.”
I am not resigning from my actual ‘position’ as the pastor. I’ll still teach, I’ll still serve. I’ll still care for people and shepherd. I am simply quitting as THE LEADER of this church. I’m no longer the “chief shepherd.”
From now on, consider me more of a sheep dog. Not the shepherd. I’m no longer in charge. I’m no longer THE LEADER.
Jesus is THE LEADER. He is the Chief Shepherd. And from this day forward, I will simply listen to him and do what He says. There have been so many times in my leadership that I was just doing what I thought would work, or just trying to “grow” the church with methods that worked for other people in other states. I basically did exactly what I wanted to do and I have often ignored what HE has told me to do. For that, I am deeply sorry.
So today, I VOW to quit.
And I will have to quit over and over again because the temptation will be for me to take the reigns of this church and fight for my way, my desires, and my plans to be executed. Quitting will probably become a regular thing for me. Every time I’m tempted to take the glory, to play the role of the Holy Spirit, to carry the weight of the ministry or the swallow burdens of church work. I’ll have to quit again.
Jesus, you are the leader of Oasis Church. I used to say, “I was the first member, and I bought the domain name.” No, you were. It was your idea far before it was mine. You love this church more than I do. And truthfully, there are others who are part of this church who need to remember and apply these truths as well.
I’m calling ALL leaders, staff, key leaders, team members, volunteers and attenders to do the same.
None of us are in charge around here. It’s not about our preferences. It’s not about our comforts. It’s Jesus’ church. I’m simply a sheepdog who is here to serve the chief shepherd. And I hope you are on the same page.
This is not our church. It belongs to Jesus.
This is a promo for a new series we are doing at Oasis Church entitled “How To Be A Quitter.” What do you need to quit in 2018? Perhaps it’s a habit or an addiction. Or maybe you just to need to quit being the God of your own life? Join us at Holly Springs High School at 10am starting on Sunday, Jan 7.