In case you haven't heard about Pastor David's news, below is his letter to our faith family. Join us in praying for the Platt family, the International Mission Board, and The Church at Brook Hills and for what God has for all of us in the days ahead.

Dear Church at Brook Hills,

Language is nowhere near sufficient to express all that is on my heart and mind as I write these words, and I look forward to sharing more with you in person on Sunday, but I wanted to let you know as soon as I could about a decision I have made. As of today, I have accepted a position as president of the International Mission Board (IMB), and about a month from now, I will no longer be the Senior Pastor of the Church at Brook Hills.

We talk all the time about laying down a blank check with our lives before God, with no strings attached, willing to go wherever He leads, give whatever He asks, and do whatever He commands in order to make His glory known among the nations of the earth, particularly among people who have never heard the gospel. Over these past months, God has made it abundantly clear to both Heather and me that He is filling in that blank check in our lives and family with a different assignment. Along the way, God has used the elders of our church to affirm His call, and today He used the leadership of the IMB to confirm it.

Even as I write this, I wish I could share this with you in person instead of through a letter. But the nature of this process led to a decision today, and in light of the fact that we will not gather together before Sunday, and in light of the possibility that this decision might spread through a variety of media, I wanted to be the first to let you know of this news however possible. With that said, I am eagerly looking forward to Sunday, when we will come together around God’s Word in God’s worship, and I will share with you all that He has done to bring me, the church, and the IMB to this point. Please make it a priority to be present Sunday for one of our gatherings.

I realize that you may have many questions regarding this decision in my life and what it means for Brook Hills in the days ahead, and in due time, I and our pastors want to answer those questions as clearly and as thoroughly as we can. In the meantime, however, I would simply ask you to pray. I would ask you to pray for our church, including your life. I know that God loves the Church at Brook Hills deeply, I trust the elders of the Church at Brook Hills completely, and I am confident that He is working all of this together for the good of our church and the glory of His name in the blank checks that we all put on the table before Him. Pray also for the International Mission Board—that God might give grace to me and others there in the days ahead to be used of Him for the spread of the gospel to unreached peoples in greater ways than ever before. And please pray for Heather and our kids—Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah—as they process all of this, and for me as I work to love, lead, serve, and shepherd them well. Finally, please know that I am praying continually for you, especially today and over the next few days.

I have attached a video to this letter (click here for the video) that basically says what I have written above, but it is my attempt to, at least in some measure, speak face-to-face with you as a faith family about this decision. I can’t wait to see you Sunday.

I love you, church.

In Christ,