My friend Eric at “A Pilgrim’s Progress” has made a very brave decision to following some of his convictions. He writes about it in a post called “I’ve Resigned from Professional Pastoring.” Eric begins his post with this:
After much study of scripture, prayer, discussions with some of my friends, and reading good books, I have come to the conclusion that I can no longer in good conscience remain a salaried pastor. I cannot find it anywhere in the bible, so I’m not going to do it.
Last Wednesday evening I informed the sweet people of Chevis Oaks Baptist Church that I will be resigning as pastor.
I know that this was a difficult decision for Eric. He was concerned about his family and with the people who are part of Chevis Oaks.
Whether you agree with Eric’s conclusion about “professional pastors” or not, I think everyone can appreciate his desire to follow his convictions, even (and especially) when they are difficult.
I knew Eric before he was a professional pastor… because he was one of my pastors then. I know that Eric will continue to pastor and that God will continue to use him and his family.