A few weeks ago, I announced my resignation, effective January 31, after serving for five years as the administrative pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. There were no relational or strategic problems. I plan on being involved there as a member and for special projects. Here is a portion of what I wrote in my resignation letter to the congregation:
I ask for your prayers as this decision is a faith decision. I am not interviewing nor do I intend to interview or do a job search. I am open to whatever the Lord may bring, but my intention at this time is to focus on the writing projects I have announced and discussed in many social media outlets, as well as the teaching and publishing opportunities that are before me.
What I did not write is that my plans include starting a publishing company, continuing my teaching and work at Geneva College, losing weight, exercising more and organizational and leadership consulting. I am exhilarated and scared at the same time, for I am 64 years of age in April, and the thoughts of starting over without the financial support of a job is a bit daunting at times.
Yet I must practice what I have taught and preached, and that is you and I must follow our heart and joy. I have sensed a transition was coming in my life for the last 18 months, and it became clear to me in November that I could not ignore what my heart (and the Lord) were saying any longer.
These last five years have been the best and most productive years of my life. I have few regrets and many great memories and learning experiences to add to my repertoire. My family will stay connected and worship at the church I have served. I am confident in God's plan and provision, and I don't think God is finished with me yet - or at least I hope not.
I trust my transitions challenges you in some ways. Are you stuck in your work life? Are you fighting your heart and yourself, trying to talk yourself out of what you sense? Are you afraid of the faith step that won't seem to leave you alone, that beckons you to take that first step of faith? If so, I hope my story and reports in the coming months will encourage and help you.
God has been faithful to me and I am putting my trust in Him, banking on the fact I have heard His voice and heeded His call. I am looking forward to the future with great anticipation. My thanks to my church and the staff for putting up with me as long as they did. Now it's time to do some new things. Thank you for your support, and I pray you have a purposeful and blessed week!
TRAINING: I am sponsoring a Pacific Institute seminar on January 23 and 24 and February 20 and 21. This cognitive and social learning seminar changed my life in 2004 and it will change yours, too. If you would like information, please write me and I provide what you need. It is not free, but it is an investment in yourself that will pay dividends for many years to come. I will also host two four-hour purpose seminars here in Pittsburgh in April and May, 2014. Write me if you are intested and I will add you to a list to keep you informed of those dates when they become available.
ALASKA CRUISE: I just returned from a Caribbean cruise and I am ready to take you on an Alaskan cruise this coming August! I think a cruise is the ideal vacation, with something for everyone to do whenever they want to do it. I am attaching the cruise brochure below - take a look and then put your deposit down on the vacation of a lifetime.
NEW DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Last week I started a new daily devotional entitled The Leadership Walk. You can view it and sign up to receive it on my blog site. You can also read a quick overview of the format and objectives here.