This week I resigned from my position at United EFC in Seattle. Below is the letter of resignation I sent to the congregation.
February 26, 2012
To the congregation of United EFC,
It with great sadness that I resign as Senior Pastor of United Evangelical Free Church. While we do not know what the future holds, we have confidence that God is sovereignly in control of the details of our lives. We know that he can be trusted.
It has become evident that some have lost confidence in my ability to lead because of what they perceive are mistakes made by me in the events surrounding Aaron’s departure. I chose not to make public the details of Aaron’s performance reviews. In 1 Corinthians 10:23, the apostle Paul says, “All things are possible, but not all things are profitable; all things are possible, but not all things edify.” I did not feel it was either beneficial or edifying for you to know all that the elders knew and discussed regarding Aaron. While the lack of details may bother some, it is my conviction that some things are best kept confidential. To spare the church any additional dissension and strife over this issue, I feel it best to resign.
I am grateful for the opportunity to minister among you these past seven and a half years. You took a chance on me when others would not. You encouraged me to grow. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.
As you begin this process of transition, let me encourage you to remember the instructions of Hebrews 13:17; “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” The elders are tasked with leading and shepherding the church. You can make their job easier by choosing to follow their leadership.
Please pray for us as we begin this new season of life. Thank you.
Following His Footsteps,
Pastor Mark & Carol Wheeler