I am considering resigning from my current church and retiring from being a full-time pastor. My decision is not imminent, but it is one that I will make over the next several months. Stuff happens from time to time that causes me to think that the time has come. I look at my congregation that is composed mostly of young couples. Often I wonder if they would be happier with a younger pastor who is more creative than me and is more in tune with their culture. Like all of you pastors, I have my enemies in the church. That's disheartening. You minister to people during the best years of your life...you marry them, see their kids born, lead their kids to the Lord, minister to them during times of sickness and death, walk with them through the difficulties of their lives. Then you become a target of their attacks. Do I sound like I am having a pity party? Humor me. lol. I am thinking of two deacons in particular. Both are retired and have had a pretty easy life over the past quarter of a century. Both of them seem to be hell-bent on forcing me out. They site no reason except that it is time for me to go. It's not always how many oppose you, but a matter of who they are. Both of these men are influential and respected in the church. They present a public demeanor of being so spiritual. I am afraid that spiritually, they are far below what they portray publicly. How do you determine who is working through these men and their types? Is God using them to lead me into resignation and retirement? Or, is the devil using them to try to force me to do something that God is not ready for me to do? I am not having an easy time discerning which is true. I am not one to flee opposition. I have been about this pastoral business for decades, so I am not exactly the new kid on the block. Yet, I want to be sensitive to God's leading. If all of this "stuff" is God's way of saying to step aside, I want to do that. If it is the devil's doings, I want to endure the pressures. So, what say ye?