Pastor resignation letters(5 samples)

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

Writing a “resignation letter for a pastor.”

When writing a “resignation letter for a pastor,” 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 your employer for the position and the opportunities you have enjoyed during your work period.
  • Ensure you proofread your letter before sending it to your employer. You can send the letter to your family and friend to check for grammatical errors.

Sample 1:

“Dear Mr Tyler,

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:

“January 1, 2019

Pastor 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,

Pastor Mark”

Sample 3:

“Dear [recipient’s name],

I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position as [position title] 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 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:

“Dear Church Board,

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 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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