Elder resignation letters(5 samples)

This blog post will show you samples of “elder resignation letters.”

Writing a “resignation letter for an elder.”

When writing a “resignation letter for an elder,” these are some of the things that you need to keep in mind.

  • The first step is to tell the ministry about leaving the position and the final work date. Keep it short as the essential part of the letter is the last date of your work.
  • Indicate the reason you are leaving your position. It would be best to be polite as you will leave a positive impression on your employer. Maintain your composure when drafting the letter.
  • Finally, thank the congregation for the position and the opportunities you have enjoyed during your work period.
  • Ensure you proofread your letter before sending it to your ministry. You can send the letter to your family and friend to check for grammatical errors.

Sample 1:





Thursday, August 14, 2003

To the Members, Deacons, and Elders

of Midway Presbyterian Church

Jonesborough, Tennessee  

Dear Friends,  

After being part of the Midway congregation for five and a half years, and an Elder for three, I have decided to resign from the Session, and my entire family is resigning as members of Midway Presbyterian Church, effective this date.  

This action is not taken lightly but after much thought and prayer. A decent respect for you and your opinion requires me to inform you of the reasons for these decisions. I have decided to state these reasons in writing for the sake of clarity and accuracy, rather than contributing to the rumors that have been circulating for some time. Please read this letter carefully and thoughtfully.  

Simply put, my reason for resigning from the Midway Session and church is a loss of confidence in the leadership of Midway Presbyterian Church. Please allow me to explain the basis for that loss of confidence.  

Five years ago when we moved to Tennessee, we were delighted to attend and join Midway. Ross was one of the best preachers we had heard, and we considered ourselves blessed to have found a good church so quickly. We have made many friends at Midway, and we hope you continue to be our friends after learning the reasons for our taking the steps we are now taking.  

After I had attended Midway for two years, you elected me an Elder. I have been privileged to serve you and Christ in that role for the past three years. Thank you.  

Since its beginning only 30 years ago, there have been doctrinal disputes in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). Controversies over the length of the six creation days and the ordination of women are perhaps two of the most prominent. But the most serious controversy by far is the current controversy over justification and salvation, for it goes to the heart of the Gospel. One can go to Heaven despite the error of thinking that the creation days were longer than 24 hours, but the doctrine of justification by faith alone is a matter of eternal life and death. In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul did not curse those who teach that women can be ordained (though he taught that they were not to be ordained); he cursed those who teach a different gospel. Paul argued in Romans and Galatians, and Martin Luther and John Calvin agreed, that the hinge upon which Christianity turns, and the article of faith by which a church stands or falls, is justification by faith alone. 

We do not wish to continue as members of a church in which the leadership ignores men who are teaching a false gospel and imputes sin to those who Anote those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them (Romans 16:17-18). Ross has made it clear that if I continue to disagree with him on these issues and to speak out about them, he no longer wants me at Midway. In a Session meeting last Spring he invited my family and me to leave Midway and attend or start another church.  

We intend to do exactly that.  

We count many members of Midway Church as dear Christian friends, and we shall miss seeing you each week. But we cannot continue as though there were nothing seriously wrong at Midway. The controversy at Midway is part of a larger controversy about the Gospel that is now raging throughout Reformed churches. Many are departing from the faith once delivered to the saints. By refusing to note false teachers, by failing to warn members of Midway about their views, and by encouraging members of Midway to attend conferences at which they speak, the leadership of Midway has taken sides in the current justification controversy, and it has taken the wrong side.  

In Christ,    

John Robbins”

Sample 2:

“January 1, 2019

Mark Smith



June 1st, 2019

Church of Christ

123 Business Road, New York NY 11121

Dear Members of the Clergy —

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of my impending resignation. It is time for me to consider new places to practice god’s word and god’s grace. It has been an incredible privilege to be part of this family. Every Sunday morning meeting and speaking to each family member has been nothing short of a blessing. Each Sunday, walking in and hearing the church choir practising while seeing each face created by Christ has been special to me. When I close my eyes, that is what I see.

As I move on to a new opportunity for my family, I want you to be assured that the leadership that is part of this church is nothing short of incredible. And as a local church, our volunteers, leadership, and pastoral ministry will ensure a smooth transition to a new pastor and spiritual leader.

I will continue to say a prayer every night for the family that is part of this great religious organization and word of the word. The congregation will continue every Sunday, and the church family will continue to meet. I urge each person who would like to spend time with me to schedule their allotted time and discuss the changes if they feel the need to.

I want to say thank you to the leadership team and the lord for this incredible opportunity to lead each Sunday service and congregation.

Thank you so much and bless you all,

Elder Mark”

Sample 3:

“Dear [recipient’s name],

I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position as an elder with [church name], effective [date].

I have given much thought and consideration to my decision. While I have enjoyed my time at [church name], I believe this is the right step for me given [reason for leaving]. I appreciate your continued support and all the times you prayed with me over making the right decision. Your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

My time at [church name] has been full of growth, learning and understanding. I will miss [things you’ll miss from the church] the most. I’ll forever be grateful for this congregation and the warm welcome I felt when I first joined the church.

Thanks again for your support during this time. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during this transition.

Peace be with you,

[Full name]


Sample 4:

“Keyla Gallegos

City, State, Zip Code

To Paul A. Brown


Company Name

City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr Brown,

It is with a bittersweet heart that I must write this letter of resignation as an elder of the Orthodox church. As you know, there have been some personal and family matters that have been weighing on me as of late. After praying and contemplating the issues, I have decided to move to City, State to be near my mother, who is currently quite ill. Please consider this to be my official two weeks’ notice of resignation and know that my last day as pastor will be Friday, October 3, 2014.

It has been a true blessing to serve such an amazing congregation over the past four years. I will treasure each memory and pray for the health and well-being of each ministry member. Please know I will do all that is in my power to assist in the smooth transition from my departure to finding a replacement to lead the church. Should you need to speak with me on any matter, do not hesitate to call 000-000-0000 or email me at email@email.com.

Thank you so much for your attention in this matter. I pray that I can be of strength to the congregation in my remaining time here.


Robert Cavanaugh


Sample 5:

“Dear Church Board,

I am writing you to deliver the news that as of (date), I will be stepping down from my post as an Elder of Christian Life Church. I assure you that this was not an easy decision, but it is time for me to move on to the next steps in God’s plan for my life.

I know I speak on behalf of our family as I can truly say that this wonderful group of people have blessed our lives greatly.  I hope in some small way we have blessed your lives through our teaching and preaching, visitation and more.  Even though we are moving on from this place physically, a piece of our hearts will always be here with you.

Thank you so much for your attention in this matter. I pray that I can be of strength to the congregation in my remaining time here.


Andrew Kibe,


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I withdraw from my church?

  • Express your intent to leave the church. 
  • Provide reasons for your departure. 
  • Express your gratitude. 
  • Offer your assistance. 

How do I remove my membership from a church?

Writing a letter that tells the church leaders you no longer want to be a church member is the best way to say goodbye to your church.

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