It was been a little over one month since I turned in my resignation and began the transition from the ministry in Mount Pleasant. The days have been quite interesting and gone well. I look forward to the future, whatever God may bring our way.
Below is a list of things I have learned since resigning. Take a moment and enjoy. These are written with an open heart and a sincere appreciation for the ministry and my brethren.
Resigning is Hard - No matter the circumstances, resigning is hard. It is hard to stand before people who have served for a number of years and let them know the time has come for you to step away and go onto other things. I will remember the day I resigned quite well and the discussions that followed.
Brethren Care – Ask any preacher who has preached in the Charleston area and they will tell you it feels like you are on an island. There is not “real network” of preacher on which you share a weekly meal or monthly preachers meeting. Instead it feels like you are the last hole at the end of the Bible Belt. However, when I posted my resignation to Facebook, I have been overwhelmed by my brethren across the country and parts of the world. The care, concern and encouragment of my brethren has been overwhelming and I assure you, it is much appreciated.
Faith Grows – This transition of my family and I has been an interesting one. Instead of moving onto another work, I am stepping out of local ministry, while continuing to hold meetings and seminars when requested. Stepping out of 17 years of local ministry takes faith in the Almighty and the future before us. Our faith has grown deeper and stronger through this transition.
Just a quick thought,
This year is a changing year for the Preacher’s Pen. As I have resigned from the work in Mount Pleasant, I have also decided to step aside from local church work for a while. It is with much faith in the future and reliance on the Almighty God that I will step into secular work as my support. This is a BIG change for our family and our work, but we are confident the Lord has a powerful plan for our lives. Even though I am stepping aside from local work, this does not mean I am stepping away from the ministry. I will still travel and speak as I am asked and schedules are made. (So, if you need a speaker, I might know one.)
In the next few months, the Preacher’s Pen website will merge with the Gallagher Institute website as I seek to combine each website I have into one place where I will seek to assist others in creating a better day today for a better life tomorrow. The Gallagher Institute was created a few years ago to assist others in better living and the purpose of the Preacher’s Pen was to transform spiritual lives and the merging of both sites will create a new venture to reach as many as possible and to assist others in living better.
What does this mean for the Preacher’s Pen?
First, the Preacher’s Pen website, with all its resources, will continue to exist and the website name will stay the same. I will being writing again on the Preacher’s Pen and sharing my thoughts, outlines and PowerPoints. As before, all material on the Preacher’s Pen is available for free and many of the resources are available for your personal use and customization.
This website domain name will always be active and running. The Gallagher Institute will contain information for those seeking spiritual thoughts to come here and find material to assist them in their spiritual walk. Over the next few weeks, the format of the website will change, probably in a big way, but the material already on the site will be there as well. I would ask for your patience as the changes are being made.
In the future I plan on writing more regarding my transition from almost 17 years of local ministry to working in the secular world and finding my place while expanding my influence because of Christ. The challenge will be great and my family and I ask for your prayers. There will be more thoughts in the future and I will answer several questions that have already been asked, but be assured, my almost 17 years of ministry have been a blessing to my family and I. It is our goal and aim to sever God in whatever role of life we have each day. We are focused on the future and enjoying the blessings of the future.
Just my thoughts,
I posted this on Facebook today and decided to cross-post it here and on my ministry website as well.
Today, after 8 years and 3 months with the congregation in Mount Pleasant, I have resigned. My family and I have been blessed by the friendships made and the work achieved. It has been our brotherly joy to have served with the congregation but I feel it is time to step down.
The Mount Pleasant congregation will be in our thoughts and prayers because they are a part of our journey. It is our hope for the congregation to grow not only in numbers but in its closeness to God. As with all works, God is the blessing and the giver.
We are unsure of the future, but we know it is bright. I ask that you pray for my family and this transition over the next 60 days.