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Following Your Convictions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in blog links, discipleship | 3 comments

Following Your Convictions

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.


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  1. 9-22-2010

    Thanks Alan. We covet your prayers and are thrilled to be friends. I hope we can come up that way sometime soon.

  2. 9-22-2010

    Wow. I will praying for that transition and the good people of Chevis Oaks. That is probably one of the toughest decisions anyone has to make.

  3. 9-22-2010

    Thanks Alan for sharing this. It is very interesting and I look forward to him explaining his conviction. After reading through his site, I see we share many doctrinal beliefs, but the scripture on this log kinda has me wondering where he is going with this. Now I do believe that toward the end times we are going to see small house church gatherings. As a matter of fact, we have had many years over the 35 years that we have had a small house gathering.

    I am just wondering about some of the gifts in these scriptures. Nevertheless, I shall be praying for Eric and his family and will be following his blog.