March 8, 2013 by
God’s kindness to Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) has been pronounced in our brief 30-year history together. And I have every reason to believe our future together will be even more fruitful than our past solely because of the mercy of God that has been most clearly revealed at the cross. The next chapter of SGM’s history begins April 12 when we will, Lord willing, transition to a new polity pending a vote of ratification. This marks the culmination of over three years of prayer, study, and dialogue to arrive at this new form of polity, which I believe will serve our family of churches for decades to come.
As that new polity takes effect, I will be transitioning from the role of President, and the Executive Committee will recommend an individual for confirmation by the Council of Elders to serve in the newly formed role of Executive Director. In October, I informed the Board of Sovereign Grace that I was withdrawing my name from consideration for Executive Director as I don't think my gifts and sense of call are the best fit for certain aspects of this new role. I then announced this to our pastors on November 1 at our annual Pastors Conference. I am eager to once again devote my attention to pastoral ministry. Returning to the pulpit of a local church last September has only confirmed for me what I believe God has called and gifted me to do: pastor, preach, and fulfill a role in building the local church for the glory of God.
It has been an immense privilege to serve Sovereign Grace Ministries, our pastors, and churches for the past 30 years. I will never be able to sufficiently thank the pastors and church members for their commitment to our mission of advancing the gospel through church planting. Never. The pastors and church members that make up Sovereign Grace are among the most grateful, most encouraging folks on the planet. And your heart to serve is a pronounced evidence of grace that characterizes each church. Serving you has been a humbling privilege. Thank you for that privilege and for your support and encouragement over the years.
As I transition from my role as President on April 12, I am looking forward to a fruitful future for Sovereign Grace Ministries. With our recent church plants and those that are forthcoming, churches requesting to be adopted, the current Pastors College class, and ongoing music projects to serve the church, there is much to be encouraged about. And observing the next generation of pastors emerging in SGM who are passionate about the gospel, the local church, and church planting brings a unique joy to my soul. Despite our inadequacies and weaknesses, the Lord has been abundantly merciful to Sovereign Grace Ministries. This is the theological explanation, and really the only explanation, for any fruitfulness in Sovereign Grace. And that mercy and grace is the foundation of my confidence for our future.
*The SGM Board has provided a response, "A Note of Thanks to C.J. Mahaney"