Faith Assembly Board of Elders:
The ministry career of my life has authored nearly 20 incredible years of experience, friendships, and accomplishments, and Faith Assembly Church fills more than half of those pages! I still remember the day Pastor Happy called Shara and I and asked us to come alongside him in January 1998 to help organize his support ministries. I was both shocked and thrilled! It was the call that set our lives into ministry, and for that, we are eternally grateful. When Pastor Happy asked us again to return after ten years as senior pastors, well that was the opportunity of our lifetime!
To this day my career has been led by the Spirit of God through relationship and opportunity and never through selfish ambition or a desire to seek something bigger or better.
Just over a year ago, another Assemblies of God organization approached me to consider coming onto their pastoral team to receive training, build a team, and plant a church where the church is ineffective or nonexistent. As you know, my heart bleeds for missions, and this not only tugged at my church planter heart, it also tugged at the missional DNA in me as well. This was not our first offer through the years and, as we always do, we prayed. I’ll be honest here and say, we didn’t understand why we were chosen for this assignment and for this organization. So, we did not accept the offer, but we did pray that if this were God’s will for our family, we would pray a different prayer if that same organization re-approached us with the same opportunity.
That call came in August 2016. To our surprise, we were forced to change our prayer and begin asking God to truly reveal the clear plan and His path for both our family and the church family we love so much.
It is a bittersweet moment to write that this letter is my official letter of resignation as Senior Pastor of Faith Assembly Church. This resignation is offered with both tears of joy and tears of sorrow. Joy is found in knowing that my calling is clear and God’s will is leading my family from glory to glory. In tears, as I say goodbye to our best friends in the world, my parents and my children’s grandparents, and what has become one of the top 100 giving churches in our fellowship of over 13,000+ churches, top 5 annually in South Texas Missions, recipient of the CFISD’s highest honor of community distinction, and a family church that’s not afraid to dream big and love even bigger.
I’m requesting my last day in office be February 28, 2017. After much prayer, counsel, fasting, and family discussion, we accepted an opportunity to join a church planting team in Oklahoma. We will serve on this team as members of a larger network of pastors for the first year while we attend the Arc church planting school, our Assemblies of God Church Planting Network’s school, and various other requirements as we pray and build our launch team. The church plant location is currently focused on Central Oklahoma in a rural city of 6000 in population. The city has 40 members attending a Spirit-filled church that has been meeting in a school for 17 years. This is our next ministry assignment.
(14-19) My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love; you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (20-21) God can do anything; you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
With humble heart and eternal gratitude, the Taylor’s express our love and appreciation to all.
God Bless You Always,
Rev. Jason D. Taylor