Pastor resignation letter to congregation (5 samples)

This blog post will show you samples of “pastor resignation letters to congregation.”

How to write a pastor resignation letter to congregation

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

  • The first step is to tell the congregation 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 the church members. Maintain your composure when drafting the letter.
  • Finally, thank the congregation for the position and commitment to the church.
  • Ensure you proofread your letter before sending it. You can send the letter to your family and friend to check for grammatical errors.

Sample 1: “Pastor resignation letters to congregation”

“Dear Members of Grace of God Ministries,

I am writing this letter to inform you of my upcoming resignation as pastor of Grace of God Ministries. The Lord has been impressing upon my heart for some time the need to minister to the brothers and sisters in Africa, and recently an opportunity has come up for me to make that a reality. I will be leaving for Tanzania on March 1, 2014, and my resignation will officially take effect on that date.

I have been blessed beyond measure to serve this congregation these past few years. I pray that each one of you will enjoy prosperity and health. It is my pleasure to recommend to you as my replacement Johnathan Parker, in whom I have full confidence as a man of God. If at any time you or any other member of the board need to contact me, I can be reached via phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] up until the time of my departure. Once I am in Tanzania I will provide the address where I can receive mail.

I will continue to strive to serve the congregation as best I can in my remaining weeks. I appreciate your consideration in this matter and pray that this letter finds you in good health. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Peter Campbell

Pastor Peter Campbell”

Sample 2: “Pastor resignation letters to congregation”

“January 1, 2019

Pastor Mark Smith


June 1st, 2019

Church of Christ

123 Business Road, New York NY 11121

Dear Members of church of Christ —

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,

Pastor Mark”

Sample 3: “Pastor resignation letters to congregation”

“Dear Pastor George, Deacon Board and Church Family:

It is with a saddened but grateful heart that I write this letter to you all to submit my resignation as head of the amazing youth ministry at ABC Community Church. During my 5 years serving as the youth pastor here at ABC, I have come to know and love every child, teenager and adult at the church. The wonderful people of ABC Community have become my family and the church is home to me; therefore I am extremely sad to be moving on to the next chapter of my life as I return to school and continue my education in the area of music ministry.

I am exceedingly thankful to have had the honour and privilege to serve the church family at ABC Community for these last 5 years. The fact that the parents of our youth have allowed me into their lives and homes is humbling to me and something for which I will always be grateful. Many of you have said that I have had a tremendous impact on your children, but your children have had an even greater impact on me.

I will always cherish the day that I came home from college for the weekend with one of my best friends, Joshua Hood, and visited his home church, ABC Community. Almost immediately I felt that I had found a home among the kind and loving people here at ABC. I spent many more weekends visiting ABC and came to serve here as your youth pastor immediately following graduation from seminary.

The people who make up a church and all of the people at ABC Community are amazing souls who love God and strive to serve Him every day of their lives. It has been an amazing life experience to serve alongside the pastor, associates, teachers and staff of ABC. God has worked in my life during these last 5 years and I believe I have grown and will continue to grow as I follow where God leads me all the days of my life. With gratitude and a cheerful heart I am

Sincerely Yours,

Troy Evans

Troy Evans”

Sample 4: “Pastor resignation letters to congregation”

“Keyla Gallegos

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To Paul A. Brown


Company Name

City, State, Zip Code

Dear congregation,

It is with a bittersweet heart that I must write this letter of resignation as pastor of church Name. 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

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: “Pastor resignation letters to congregation”

“Dear Christian Life church members,

I am writing you to deliver the news that as of (date), I will be stepping down from my post as pastor 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 to write a pastor resignation letter to congregation

How do you write a resignation statement?

“As we discussed earlier, I’m resigning my position as [title]. My last day will be [date], which is [X] weeks from now. This was not an easy decision, but as you know I’ve long wanted to make my transition into [new field/industry] so I’m leaving for a role that will allow me to take my career in that direction.”

How do I write a resignation letter for gratitude?

“I would like first to express my sincerest gratitude for the opportunities that I have been given at Acme Rentals. I consider you a mentor and friend as well as my manager at Acme Rentals, and I hope to continue to stay in touch as I move on to my next professional opportunity. Please accept my respectful resignation.”

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