Megachurch Pastor Pete Wilson Is Resigning: “I’m Not OK. I’m Tired. I’m Broken”
The pastor of one of the country’s fastest growing churches is resigning. This Sunday, Pete Wilson, who has served as the pastor of Nashville’s Cross Point Church for 14 years, told his congregation that he was stepping down, saying he was tired and broken . Wilson is also known for his best-selling book Plan B.
We have a community here at Cross Point where everyone’s welcome because nobody’s perfect and we really believe that anything’s possible … I haven’t prioritized some other things that were equally as important. Leaders who lead on empty don’t lead well. For some time, I’ve been leading on empty …
I think the best thing for Cross Point is for me to step aside. And so I’m resigning as the pastor of Cross Point … I really need your prayers and I need your support. We’ve said that this is a church where it’s OK to not be OK, and I’m not OK. I’m tired. And I’m broken and I just need some rest. I love you all; I love the vision of this church more today than I ever have.
Wilson founded the church back in 2003, and it’s since grown to multiple locations, drawing more than 7,000 every week. The elders released a statement following Wilson’s announcement, saying,
Pastor Pete’s resignation was 100% his decision. In fact, we tried to talk him out of it as we told him to take as much time as he needed. But he was ready to get rest and start a new season … Pete even indicated he would always be available to help us answer any questions—we plan to take him up on his offer … We can’t wait to watch all that God has in store for Pastor Pete.”
You can see his full statement below.