Pastor Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church has resigned after founding the church in 2002 and seeing it grow to 7,500 attendees in six locations. Wilson noted in his resignation address that he has been leading on empty for a long time and that he is fully confident in the elders and leaders of the church. The elders commented that his resignation was 100% his decision.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Wilson is a well-known pastor who is considered successful by many, but his decision to step down reveals that there are many dangers even “successful” pastors face.
- Burn Out: Burning out is a real problem for high capacity leaders, especially those who feel pressure to maintain a certain level of success.
- Sharing the Burden: Pastors will have struggles or may need to step down, so it’s all the more essential to share responsibility and to remember that everything isn’t up to the senior pastor.
- Succession Plans: Does your church have a clear succession plan in case a senior leader steps down unexpectedly?
Can you talk to someone at your church about the burdens that senior leaders bear?
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