To the members and staff of The Rock of Winter Haven,
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I announce my resignation. Over the past year I have been experiencing a growing sense of unrest. A growing sense that God had something else planned for me. It is now time to step out and pursue that plan. I don’t yet know what God has planned for me and my family, but I am ready to embrace it, whatever it may be.
My years at The Rock have been among the best years of my life. There are people here that I love so dearly that I consider them to be more than simply friends, but family. Never in all my years have I experienced the kind of love that I have here, except with my own family. The Rock and its people will always be an important part of my life. Already I look forward to days when I can come back to visit this church that I have loved so much.
Many of you have watched me grow from a sometimes overly confident and quick to anger young man to the man of God and leader that I am now. The people that are The Rock have been a very important part of this growth. I thank each and every one of you for the part you have played in this growth. I certainly am not done growing both as a follower of Christ and as a leader, but you have brought me so far along this journey. I am truly a different man than when I stepped into this church 10 years ago.
To Pastor Mike, I thank you for the opportunity to lead and to grow as a leader. I thank you for having patience and confidence in me even through my many mistakes and failings. Pastor Mike gave me the opportunity to follow God’s calling on my life when, I believe, most other pastors would not have.
To the children and families of The Rock; please know that I still love you more than I could express. There is no way that I could ever forget you and I will never stop praying for you. What you don’t know is that you have ministered to me as much as I have ministered to you.
To the many friends I have at The Rock; I thank you for being my friend. There are some here that I care so deeply for that I almost can’t stand the thought of leaving. All of you have been an important part of the growth that I have experienced here. It is only because of this growth that I can even consider leaving. Whatever comes next in my ministry and in my life always know that you are still a part of it. You are a part of me and, therefore, a part of whatever I do.
Regardless of where I go or what God has planned for me I will always consider The Rock to be my home, the place where I grew up. My thoughts and prayers will always be with The Rock. Please know that I love each and everyone of you more that words could ever express.
Still Serving With Joy,
Pastor MattMatt Norman
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