by John Ellis
In a few weeks, my wife and I will be officially resigning our membership at Arlington Baptist Church. For six years, we worshipped and served alongside brothers and sisters in Christ who became our dear friends. As one of ABC’s pastors, I encouraged members who moved away to submit a resignation letter expressing thankfulness for how God used ABC in their heart and life. Unsurprisingly, it’s much easier to encourage others to write a letter than it is to write your own resignation letter.
Transitions are never as smooth nor as easy as anticipated, no matter how much planning goes into it. Things are left unsaid that you wished you had said. Goodbyes are never as complete as hoped. Thankfully, as citizens of the Kingdom of God, goodbyes are also never final. That glorious truth, though, doesn’t completely mitigate the sadness that comes with earthly goodbyes during seasons of transition. And, so, my wife and I are left with the task of attempting to encapsulate into a short letter what Arlington Baptist Church means to us and how God used the ministry of the Word there to grow us into greater Christ-likeness.