Words of Grace – Letter of Thanks

Words of Grace – Letter of Thanks

A Letter from Former Elder, David Atchison

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Last month, the elders recommended my wife Elaine for the position of Director of Congregational Care. Upon the church’s affirmation, I submitted my resignation as an elder of Grace Community Church in keeping with our policy that an elder’s family member may not serve on the Grace staff.

This was no small decision. For nineteen years I have had the joyful privilege of serving as an elder at Grace. My experience has been nothing short of amazing. I have been so richly blessed with wonderful opportunities over my lifetime—launching multiple businesses, forming and leading a non-profit ministry, serving on various boards, and engaging in a host of ministry endeavors, but serving Grace as an elder has been one of the most rewarding ventures I have ever been a part of.

I have loved leading and shepherding you alongside a group of men who truly seek Christ first and place the congregation’s needs above any personal interest or agenda. I have loved celebrating the victories of God’s redemptive work in the lives of so many of us. Through the years, my faith has been both challenged and energized by the risks we have taken together! Though difficult, I have gladly shared the sacred privilege of helping bear the weight of many heartaches. All in all, I have been the recipient of blessings more than I have been a contributor to them!

The position of “Elder” is a leadership structure that God has ordained and conveyed in His Word. The relationship between a congregation and its elders is a sacred trust. Members are expected to trust a body of called, but flawed, human beings to lead and shepherd them. Elders must serve the greater good of a congregation and God’s glory at the constant risk of being misunderstood or second-guessed. By God’s grace, I have witnessed the beauty of this delicate trust. You have loved me and extended me so much grace as I sought to serve you humbly and faithfully with all of my heart.

As I contemplate the future, I believe that the best is yet to come for Grace Community Church. The gospel remains more relevant than ever today. I am very grateful as I continue in covenant with you as a church member. I look forward to walking with you and serving alongside you as we “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ.” Please join with me in praying earnestly for the elders and staff who are leading us.

Your brother in Christ,