November 15, 2009

Resigned to His Will

Dear Church Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation effective immediately. Due to issues, both personal and professional, within the staff and administrative structure of the church I feel it to be in the best interest of the church to move out of the way in order that the church may continue to move forward. Please be assured that I have not been "forced" out neither is this intended to be "send a message," I simply sense, due to events beyond my control and relationships which are already deeply strained, that moving out of the way is in the best interest of First Baptist Church and my family.

Eleven years have flown by. You have watched my family grow and watched me grow as a pastor. I and my family carry nothing but fond and loving memories of our days spent among some of the finest people in the world. We thank God daily for your partnership in ministry and rejoice in the remarkable, even miraculous, accomplishments with which God has blessed us during this season of ministry. You can be sure there will always be prayers of thanksgiving offered for you and we will eagerly anticipate the glad reunions ahead of us!

Please pray for us as we seek God's direction in the days ahead. It is our belief that He has faithfully, though by difficult paths, brought us to this place. That clear confidence inspires us to believe that His plans for us are good and that we will continue enjoying His good blessing in our lives. We believe the same to be true for each of you. We are already praying for the man God has in mind to come and lovingly shepherd this church.

I leave you with the words with which we began our journey together, "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding." (Jeremiah 3:15) I still trust His words today; for you and for me.

Respectfully submitted to the Deacon Fellowship, November 15, 2009.

John Nicholson


Cathy said...

Praying for you and your family John!

Paul Thompson said...

John, I'm praying for you, your family and your church family.

Amanda said...

Brother John, I am saddened to see you go. I know I haven't been to church every Sunday but you and Brother Jeff are the reason I continued to go to FBC...ya'll were there for me when it felt like no one else was...your sermons and his guidance for the youth touched me deeply and you will be missed. May God be with you as you continue this journey and even though the world may knock you down know that God will always be there to pick you up and put you back together.

With Love,
Amanda Dill

Sibyl said...

Bro. John and Family,
It truly saddens our heart to hear of your resignation. You are our favorite pastor - still. Carl and I both feel we grew more mature as Christians with you as our pastor. We think the world of your family; have watched your children grow up into beautiful young adults. We will definitely pray God's will for you and your family. THANK YOU for all you did for this family that you probably do not know about and THANK YOU for what you and your family mean to us. Please let us know where you go so we might can keep in touch if you want to. God bless you all.
We love you,

Carl, Sibyl and Will Reeves

Lucy Arin said...

I hope that you and your family are all right. You're in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

John, we will be praying for you and your family during this time.

Mark (under construction) said...

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord ... keep walking my friend, look around around and continue to be in His will.


sojourner said...

oh my! big changes in your future brother John! I will carry you in my pocket with ongoing prayers for what lies ahead. I am excited for you!

John said...

Thank you one and all for your prayers. They are mightily felt and mightily needed. Pray for the family of faith I, until recently, served. They are facing difficult days.