Resignation letters from the ministry(5 samples)

This blog post will show you samples of  “resignation letters from the ministry.”

Writing a “Ministry resignation letter.”

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

  • The first step is to tell your boss about leaving 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 job. It would be best to be polite as you will leave a positive impression on your boss. Maintain your composure when drafting the letter.
  • Finally, thank your boss for the position and the opportunities you have enjoyed during your work period.
  • 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: “Resignation letter from the ministry”

“Dear Mr. Wells,

I am writing this letter to inform you that I am resigning from my position as the leader of the Women’s Ministry at Grace of God Church. As you may be aware, I am moving to Pennsylvania in just a few short months, which will mean that I can no longer attend to my duties at Grace of God Church. My last day in the ministry will be December 15, 2014, so please accept this letter as my two weeks’ notice of resignation from the position.

I truly hope that no members or faculty are inconvenienced in any way by my resignation. If I can be of assistance in transferring responsibilities appropriately, I would be happy to oblige. I would also like to request a letter of recommendation that I may present to the pastor of New Fellowship Church in Pennsylvania, where I will soon be attending. If you would like to discuss these matters with me further, please feel free to call at your convenience. My telephone number is (555)-555-5555. I look forward to speaking with you.

I have enjoyed my time working in the Women’s Ministry and have been immeasurably blessed by the service and the members. I very much regret leaving all the people I have grown so close to but trust that the future holds blessings for myself and my family as well. I wish all at Grace of God Church every happiness. Thank you for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline D. Hanson

Women’s Ministry Leader

Grace of God Church”

Sample 2: “Resignation letter from the ministry”

“Dear Colleagues In Ministry;

Life and ministry sometimes brings us great pain and sorrow. This is one of those times.  Dr. Samuel Pipim who has been used by the Lord to pioneer Secular Campus Ministry has given the Michigan Conference Executive Committee (MCEC) his resignation. It has been accepted and voted. Please see his resignation letter and subsequent message attached to this email.

 Here is the time line.

 Monday, May 23, 2011 – I received a call from Dr. Pipim Monday afternoon telling me that he was resigning from Michigan Conference and the ministry. This was the first time I had heard of this situation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – This was the regular May meeting for the MCEC. Before the meeting I received Dr. Pipim’s written resignation.  The resignation was accepted and voted at the end of our meeting.

Wednesday –  May 25, 2011 –  I along with the Conference Secretary were traveling and occupied for the day with the Camp AuSable Administration Committee.

Thursday – May 26, 2011 – The officers convene a meeting of key CAMPUS leaders to discuss the process of releasing the information. We were concerned about making sure those closest Dr. Pipim would be able to process and adjust to the information before it was released public. In addition there were some complications due to travel. We agreed to release the information no later than midday EDT on Sunday, May 29, 2011. We hoped by then to have his close friends and students contacted and encouraged. Please read the releases. They speak for themselves. 

 We are in a Great Controversy between Christ and Satan. The war both visible and invisible is intense and severe.  We must in the words of Jesus – “watch and pray”.  Nevertheless, when God’s law is broken there is still a Mercy Seat – the Throne of Grace for which we are grateful. It is not the throne of indulgence but it is a Throne of Grace for every believing sinner.

It was there that David, Peter and Paul found grace. His grace is not a mere trickle or a narrow tiny river but rather deep and wide-  like the ocean it cannot be measured. When a brother or sister falls, they need His grace. They also need our prayers, our hands and our love. Though their failure fills us with grief and sorrow we will not weaken our faith with doubt but strengthen it with the promises of His Word.

 For the mighty Lord we serve is not weak or powerless when His children face even the most sophisticated temptations of the enemy. But He is mighty in battle. He can save, restore, transform and cleanse. Our weakness in Him can become strong. Yet, in his love for us He would spare us the bitterness of falling and the consequences of yielding to temptation. That is why we are assured that He is not only able to forgive and heal but also “is able to keep us from falling.” It because of His power to both forgive our sins and heal our sinfulness that He can assure us that He is “able to present us faultless before the Throne of God.” What grace, what wisdom, what compassion, what power!  What a Savior!

Let us remember that the work of the gospel message is never built around one person no matter how much light and influence they have exhibited for truth.  Our message is built on the Rock Christ Jesus. He is the message. He is the Way, the Truth and the Light. He is the essence of all we hope for and is the Author of both law and grace.  Our Messiah, Jesus Christ, is our real leader. He is not a symbol or a figurehead. He is the real leader in every way. His teachings are life. He is our life. So, in spite of disappointment, let us not take our eyes off of Him. Let us not be afraid. But in face of failure let us recommit ourselves to watch and pray. Now is the time to press onward and upward. “We have nothing to fear as long as we do not forget how the Lord has led us in the past.” Let us be strong and of good courage for He who leads us is King of kings and Lord of lords.

Yours In Christ;

Elder Jay Gallimore

President, Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists”

Sample 3: “Resignation letter from the ministry”

“Dear Pastor Smith, Deacons and Congregation,

It is with great sadness that I must offer this letter of resignation from the Alliance Church as your Youth Minister. The past three years in which I have served the children, teens and families of the church have been an experience filled with growth and love, one which I will always cherish. However, after much prayer, I have decided to follow a new path and join a year-long mission trip to Africa in which I will have the opportunity to serve others in a new and meaningful way.

Thank you so much to the families who have allowed me to be a part of their children’s lives. It has truly been my pleasure, and I feel I have learned as much or more from them than they have from me. You all have become a tremendously important part of my life, and I do not take this decision lightly.

The people of this church have become family to me. I am continuously impressed with the level of dedication to God and to each other you all demonstrate. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your lives and for your support. I wish all of you grace and love.


Jeremy Boser”

Sample 4: “Resignation letter from the ministry”

“To:                   My Colleagues in Ministry &

                        My CAMPUS Staff, Missionaries, Students, & Supporters

From:              Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD

Date:               May 25, 2011

Subject:           Resignation

On May 23, 2011, I regretfully notified the Michigan Conference Executive Committee of my decision to resign as Director of Public Campus Ministries and from the employment of the Michigan Conference. My resignation letter below explains why.

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for the Christian friendship and support you have offered me all these years. I would also like to thank you for your tremendous contribution to the kind of youth empowerment that CAMPUS promotes—namely a spiritual movement of young people which is Bible-based, life-transforming, mission-driven, and racially-diverse. As you may already know, CAMPUS is not only the birth place, headquarters, and a sponsor of GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ), it is also the sponsor of ALIVE (Africans Living In View of Eternity), an emerging grassroots missionary movement for African graduates and young professionals. CAMPUS also has a joint-partnership with STRIDE (Student Training & Resource Institute for Discipleship and Evangelism), a campus missionary training program that is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Further, as the grace of God has abounded in the work of our CAMPUS staff, missionaries, students and alumni from our events and programs, CAMPUS has earned the trust of many students and young people around the world, inspiring them to do great things for their Lord. Your continued support for this work, which I’m now leaving behind, is much more needed at this time than ever before.

As for my future plans, I intend to spend some time with my family, do some prayerful reflection and study, and help in the orderly and smooth transition of the new CAMPUS leadership to be appointed by the Michigan Conference. Consequently, all speaking appointments are being canceled. Although my passion for youth training and empowerment has not waned, the rest of my life is in God’s hands.

It is with deep pain—a pain far worse than death—that I have to resign at this critical time. Many of our standard bearers are being laid to rest, others are retiring and growing old, thousands of young people are calling for spiritual mentorship from faithful and courageous adult leaders, doors that are now opened for God’s work will soon be forever shut, and the cause of God urgently needs more faithful laborers in the field and within the church. Now shouldn’t be the time to resign. But I believe my decision is in the best interest of God’s work, and is consistent with the biblical teachings and messages I have shared by voice and by pen.

Undoubtedly, my resignation will be greeted with deep sorrow and hurt by those of you who have known me and worked closely with me. On the other hand, others who have always opposed what we stand for will have an additional reason to rejoice. For this, I am deeply sorry. Pray that the Lord will grant me genuine sorrow and humility of heart as I wait patiently on Him. Pray also that God’s faithful people everywhere—especially the young people whose lives I’ve touched—will learn important lessons from my experience, be comforted and encouraged by the Lord Himself, and be strengthened to carry forward the work of a “Bible-based revival movement in which every student is a missionary.” Pray that the treasures of truth that have been faithfully delivered would not be rejected nor ignored on account of the damaged vessel that carried them, and that the Lord will renew my strength, restoring me again to full health—physically and spiritually.

It has been a real privilege serving with you during the past twelve and half years. As you pray for me, my family, and the work I am leaving behind, don’t forget to pray for all the faithful workers and leaders at different frontlines of the work. They are the special targets of the enemy’s great wrath. Pray that the Lord will open our eyes to perceive the dangers that lurk around us, to discern our own true condition—our shortcomings, our secret evils, our faults and failings—and to behold the spiritual resources in Christ that are presently available to us. Above all, pray for the Lord to open our eyes that we may see the urgent need of depending upon Him moment by moment, as we seek true revival and reformation in our lives and in our church. This is my prayer for myself and for each one of you.



Sample 5: “Resignation letter from the ministry”

“May 23, 2011

Michigan Conference Executive Committee

320 West St. Joseph Ave

Lansing, MI 48933

Dear Members of the Executive Committee

My Resignation

This is to notify you of my resignation as Director of Secular Campus Ministry and [from] the employment of the Michigan Conference. It is with great sorrow and shame that while in my overseas travels I had a moral fall. It was a temptation of a moment. While taking some precautions to guard the avenues to temptation, I did not take enough. I have made this right with God, my wife and family, and the person involved to the best of my ability. I am deeply wounded for having let down so many who have looked up to me for spiritual leadership.

I humbly ask and hope that you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. I have poured my life, love, and resources into this work. To leave this work and the youth whom I love, in this way is a bitter and terrible experience.  To have let down the Lord, to have given His enemies cause for rejoicing, to have burdened my family with this shame and adversity, to have let down the wonderful committed youth who have believed and supported me, and to have let down my colleagues in the ministry and all those whose lives I have touched grieves me with inexpressible grief.

However, my confidence in God, His Word, and our distinctive message and mission is unshaken. If anything, I see more clearly the unfolding reality of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, and the urgent need for greater vigilance at all times in our everyday lives. My only hope is in the trustworthiness of the Bible’s promises and in the graciousness of our loving Savior. Only our God can heal and renew the strength of the wounded eagle. He alone, in His great love, can bring anything good out of our personal failures.

Thank you, Executive Committee Members, for your support all these years. Thank you for your faith in our approach to secular campus ministry—our vision of a “Bible-based revival movement in which every student is a missionary,” our attempt to combine a philosophy of excellence and a methodology of biblical simplicity, and our mission of “preparing secular campuses for the imminent return of Christ.” Thank you, above all, for your sacrificial financial investment in a ministry that believes that converted, trained, and empowered young people can be a powerful force for change in the church—and in the world.

Although I am not worthy, I ask a continued interest in your prayers for myself, my family, and the ministry I leave behind.


Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD


Frequently Asked Questions: Writing a “Ministry resignation letter.”

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 you write a short resignation letter?

“Dear Sir/Ma’am, I would like to inform you that I, (name), working as a (position) in your company, would like to submit my formal resignation, effective (date). I am resigning with such short notice due to (reason). I apologize for the inconvenience of the matter, but I hope you can understand my urgency.”

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