Jim Burgen, the lead pastor of the Lafayette-based Flatirons Neighborhood Church, introduced he would instantly step down for the following six months to “take a breath” from what he characterised because the mounting tolls of 13 years on the helm of an ever-expanding megachurch.
Burgen, by way of occasional tears, urged in a video posted to the church’s official YouTube account on Sunday that the sabbatical comes on the direct urging of the church’s management, and apologized for what he stated was a lack of perspective in current months.
At an “elders assembly” final week, Burgen stated fellow leaders “sat me down and stated, ‘Hey Jim, you’re actually drained’ — I feel they used the phrase ‘exhausted’ — and, ‘we wish you to take a breath.’”
Burgen lately has overseen the church’s accelerated rise and growth — and occasional controversy — with new campuses spreading from Denver to the foothills and with plans within the offing for a brand new Okay-12 faculty in Broomfield. Amid the expansion, Burgen has seen his personal profile rise, with the church’s Lafayette location routinely filling out its 4,000-seat venue for his weekend sermons.
Guiding a church of that dimension has are available current months with with growing strains and pressures, Burgen urged, and “I feel that once I get drained I ought to simply push more durable and that’s what I feel I’ve carried out.
“What I wasn’t conscious of is that I used to be devastating folks — my spouse; I used to be withdrawing from my children, and I used to be simply working over folks right here on our employees.
“I’m actually sorry,” he added. “Trigger I’ve let lots of people down.”
Flatiron’s Communication Director Korrie Bartels stated Tuesday the church would cycle a number of of its academics and co-pastors for weekend sermons in Burgen’s absence. Whereas he’s tentatively scheduled to return in six months time, church officers are cautious of setting a precise date, providing solely that Burgen would return when “he feels prepared,” and that it probably wouldn’t come in the course of a future collection.
“Each time we activate the information its like another pastor fell aside,” Burgen stated in Sunday’s video, however fellow church leaders “love me a lot that earlier than there was an ethical failure, earlier than there’s a monetary failure, earlier than there’s all this record of issues which have taken leaders out, they stated, ‘Let’s get on the entrance finish of that and let’s take you out and allow you to relaxation for six months and disconnect from Flatirons’ in order that I can come again.”
Aside from referencing the stresses of the job, Burgen and church officers are mum on the precise circumstances surrounding the break, although in Sunday’s video he was fast to deal with the inevitable rumors prone to swirl round such a distinguished departure.
“I do know rumors are going to take off, “ he stated, “about ‘What’s the true story?’ That is the true story: I’m drained, it’s come out sideways and earlier than I wreck something, some males in my life that I belief have stated, ‘you could take a breath; it’s not elective, it’s not sometime.’”