Today, March 18th, 2019 the Church Council of St. John’s United Church of Christ received the following letter:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I hereby give 90 days’ notice of my resignation as pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ according to our call agreement. My last day will be Sunday, June 16, 2019.
Over the past five years I have attempted to work with the people of St. John’s to turn things around for this shrinking church. I am grateful for the opportunity to build profound pastoral relationships, start new and end old ministries. Going forward it is my assessment that St. John’s needs a person with a different skill set who can challenge you in different ways. This congregation deserves another chance to chart a new path into a new future and over the past five years we have laid some groundwork for that. I am not the leader you need in this season of church life. St. John’s still has a few years of financial viability left and you should make the best use of this window of opportunity.
The South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ will assist you with the search and call process. Please rely on our siblings in the Houston Association in this time of transition. I plan to stay local and pursue ministry in specialized settings.
May God bless you on this journey.
Rev. Daniel Haas