Mike Burch Stepping Down as an Elder

Here is the statement Mike read on Sunday, February 11.

"BCC,

I wrote this down and didn’t attempt to memorize it between preparing for my part of the message today and the sheer emotion of it, I know this was the right way to go. I've been wrestling with this heavy decision a lot lately, and I wanted to share a little about it with you all. Making this decision has been one of the toughest things I've ever had to do, and I want you to know it wasn't made lightly.

Being an elder at this church has been an incredible journey, full of challenges and moments that have shaped me in ways I never imagined. The responsibilities that come with this role are no joke, and the unseen complexities can be overwhelming. I've often found myself contemplating how I can lead with integrity, honesty, and Christ-like character.

In the midst of it all, some relationships flourished, while others got a bit tangled. Speaking of relationships, I can't express enough how much I love and respect Steve and Laythan. They're more than friends; they're my brothers in Christ. We've navigated differences in how to best serve our church, and it hasn't always been smooth sailing. But, like any family, we've shown each other grace, and I'm grateful for their support in my decision to step down.

I've always believed in the team approach we've embraced here. It's crucial to be on the same page when leading a church, and I've come to the realization that stepping away is the best way for me to honor my convictions and do right by God and this church at this moment.

Let me be clear—I stand by the model we've adopted, and I'm committed to continuing my role in the teaching team. I'm genuinely excited about James Hansee joining us; he's the right fit, and I can sense that God has orchestrated his arrival. Working alongside him is something I'm looking forward to. In addition, I will be remaining in my roles as a youth leader in BCSM, a member of the prayer team, and a presenter on the Community Life team.

BCC, we're going to be okay. Steve and Laythan, along with the incredible staff, are dedicated to leading this church in the right direction. Despite our differences, our shared conviction to do what's best for God and this church remains strong. We're in good hands—God's hands.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you all in this role, and grateful for all the support I have received.

I’d like to close us in a word of prayer."

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