It’s been an emotional roller coaster of a week. This weekend, in all four of our worship services, I announced to our people my resignation as the Senior Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church. Although I did not “read” this resignation letter in the worship services, I shared from my heart how God has led us on this journey. The official letter of resignation is attached here:
August 5th, 2012
Dear Wayside Family,
I’ll never forget the day, over five years ago, when I received a phone call from the Pastor Search Team of Wayside Baptist Church in Miami! I sensed in my heart the Lord prompting us that it was His will for us to come to pastor this great congregation in South Florida. We could have never imagined the incredible journey God would have in store for us! What makes this church great is not it’s leader or any one individual – but rather the Spirit of God motivating the people of God to be on mission to fulfill the great commission! Wayside has always been a church that exists primarily for those who aren’t here yet! It’s one of the many reasons I love you! I’m so glad that when God said “Go” back in 2007 – that I answered His call to come to Miami, Florida!
But God has called once again. It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I must inform you that my ministry as the Senior Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church is coming to a close. I am fully confident that my departure will not hinder the work here. I also realize full well that many times the same man whom God uses to bring a church from point A to point B is not the same man to lead that ministry from point B to point C. God chose Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt but then God appointed Joshua to bring them into the Promised Land. I believe that God is choosing to move me on – in part – because He knows in His divine wisdom that another pastor must step into this position to lead you on towards your next phase of growth and development.
On May 21, 2012, I received an email from the Chairman of the Pastor Search Committee of First Baptist Raytown in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Jeremy Roberts, a pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, told the search committee that they should consider me. I did not seek out this opportunity (and quite frankly, at that time I wasn’t even sure where Kansas City was on the map!) I was asked if I would prayerfully consider moving to the heart of America to become First Baptist Raytown’s next pastor. That began a marvelous journey for Carrie and I towards discovering the will of God. I soon learned that although First Baptist is one of the largest congregations in the mid-west, it is a church that has been through many struggles. Last year, their pastor resigned due to a moral failure. The search committee has asked if I would come to lead them through their rebuilding process and to help their church reach their maximum potential. After preaching in view of a call on July 22nd, the congregation of First Baptist Raytown unanimously voted to extend a call for me to become their new Senior Pastor. After a long season of prayer and discerning the will of God through a series of major confirmations, there is no doubt in our minds that God is calling us to this new post of pastoral ministry. We have accepted that call. My last Sunday preaching as your pastor will be August 26, 2012.
Wayside is truly an amazing church in South Florida. Together, we’ve seen unprecedented growth in these last five years. I love my ministry here! But God has called. I pray that you will not view this transition as one of me leaving, but rather as one of you sending my family. While I will not have the privilege of pastoring here anymore, I will be cheering for your success in your service to our God. I know the mission will never stop. And I know you will persevere and thrive, regardless of who stands in the pulpit. It’s one of the biggest reasons I love you.
God directs our steps and promises never to leave us nor forsake us. Therefore I’m confident that if our Lord is leading us on to something new and wonderful then the same is true for all of you. He will not take from one at the expense of another. If God is preparing to bless Carrie and I with a new work, then He is preparing to bless the Wayside family with a new pastor. Thank you for how you have encouraged us, supported us, and made us a part of your family. Though my relationship with you as your pastor will change, my love for you will not. We really believe that your best days are yet ahead, and though I will not always be your pastor, we will always be family.
Respectfully submitted with love for all of you,
Dr. Brandon S. Park, Senior Pastor
Wayside Baptist Church Miami