Brentwood Baptist Church, Pastor Mike Glenn has stepped down after more than three decades in service, noting that God has something more for him and his family.
According to official record, Glenn has been pastoring the Church since 1991.
In a statement, he said “Knowing that this day would come doesn’t make it any easier now that it has arrived”.
“Today, I want to announce to you that 2023 will be my last year as the senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church. Thirty-two years—by any standard—is an amazing run, and I’m grateful for every minute. But the time has come for someone else to lead BBC into the future that I’m convinced God has for our church.”
Records have it that Glenn grew Brentwood Baptist into a megachurch of 11,000 with eight campuses in total.
He explained that it was obedience to the Lord’s calling and time spent in prayer that has seen him step down and take up a new mantle.
“First, I want you to understand that this is my decision and my decision alone. No one, either in the congregation or among our leadership, has suggested or exerted any force to make me step down. This decision comes after months of prayer and a deep love for you. No one loves this church more than I do,” the statement continued.
The clergy man is looking forward to beginning a new call to church planting in the middle Tennessee area starting in 2024 after he finishes his final year of pastoring Brentwood Baptist.
He continued that “I need to spend more time working with pastors, church planters and leaders in Middle Tennessee”.
“I want to work with churches to plant new churches and re-purpose churches in changing communities. The most fun I have right now is working with our campus pastors. I want to do more of this.”
Experts believe that Glenn and the trustees of Brentwood Baptist have set a Christian example of transition that many churches over the decades have failed in. By staying in open and truthful communication with one another and ensuring this move is what God wants first and foremost, they have coordinated a seamless and uplifting transition that will see both sides move on to the new season God has for them.
In their statement, the board wrote “We have had the special opportunity to come alongside Mike as he has sought God’s guidance in understanding what’s next. Through prayer, discussion and unity of spirit, we share in Mike’s excitement and confidence about what God has in store for him and our church”.
“We are grateful that Mike will take on a new role centered around guiding and developing the Engage Church Network. He is a valuable resource for our church and will continue to offer his wisdom, experience and vision. One thing has been clear in our work surrounding this transition, Mike loves you and our church, and there is much work God is calling us to do.”
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