Pastor Ken’s Resignation Letter

May 18, 2016

Dear Community Church,

For the last several years I have been asked to consider taking the District Executive Minister position of Converge Great Lakes. Last fall, Dr. Perry announced his resignation and asked if Karen and I would submit my name for consideration as his successor. Prayerfully, cautiously, and with the blessing of the Church Council we decided to step out in faith asking God to confirm His will in the process. On May 17th, I was offered, and we accepted, this position of District Executive Minister for Converge Great Lakes.

I have forged a strong conviction over the years, watching dozens of staff come and go, that God’s will for a departing staff is God’s will for Community Church. His will is good for me, and it is good for the church. Right now, Karen and I are grieving and anticipating deep sadness as we begin the process of saying goodbye to a fellowship that has become our family. We love this church body with passion and joy. I have grown so much here, and my kids know no other church experience. I have made many mistakes, had a few successes and have become the leader I am today because of your great grace and love toward me. Thank you so much for that investment in my life. I pray that I make you proud in this next chapter of ministry in my life as I aim to invest in the 120 churches in our district.

I am so proud of the Church Council and the manner in which they are leading through all of this. I have trusted their counsel to me in the journey, and I am certain of their leadership determination to guide the church through this transition into the next chapter of ministry. I know great days are ahead for Community Church because of the three leadership teams guiding the congregation: the Church Council, Management Team, and the tremendous staff team.

If you will listen to my message on May 22, you will hear more of my heart and the procession of decision making which has led to this decision.

With great love and sadness,
Pastor Ken & Karen Nabi
(Josiah, Ellison, Aidan and Bennett)

Video: Announcement of Resignation and Message, Following God Wherever He Leads:


  1. You will be missed, brother! May the Lord walk with you in these next steps and give you continued reassurance over the coming years of his leading in this decision. May your new position allow you to utilize your gifts fully while you and your family honor God by serving these churches. You have big shoes to fill!

    Until the whole world hears,

    David Cross

    • Thanks David. I look forward to seeing you later this summer and connecting while you are here.

  2. Kathy Nienhouse

    This seems like such a good fit for you. You brought such order to our church at a time when it was struggling with organizational issues. And the years have brought you more wisdom! It will be a bittersweet moment for everyone. But you know this is where God is leading and that’s enough. And Community Church will go on!

  3. Best heartfelt wishes to you and your family on this new endeavor. We are all here to follow God’s lead. I’m positive that you can and will make a huge impact as the new Director. You will be missed here at Community Church but will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. You will be so missed! We are beyond excited for you and this new chapter! This was an amazing sermon… I wish I could have been there! Cannot express enough gratitude towards you! Thank you for all you have done for me. I will pray for you and Karen and the boys for this next step in God’s plan for you.

  5. Kathryn McMillan

    Ken – you will be missed…Scott and I go pretty far back with you and Karen. No matter what, we learned so much from you and you were there for us when we needed you. Blessings to you and your family. God works in mysterious ways doesn’t he? It’s great you are listening! I will pray for you and your family that things go well for you.

  6. Diane Sampson

    What a great loss for the church! Ken took such good care of me when I lost everything in the 2008 flood, and I know that many others are grateful for having him by their side at difficult times. God bless the Nabis in their new life!

  7. Proud of you Ken! Funny how my mom keeps me in the loop even though I don’t think she’s been to Community in some time! I’m excited to see how God uses you in this new position…you will do great! You will always have a special place in my and Lisa’s hearts! Much love brother!

  8. Arthur W. radtke

    Brother Ken,
    I was blessed to have known you and Community Church when I lived in Fond du lac. I know your sermons were well thought out and empowered by the Holy Spirit. God is so good all the time and I thank God upon every remembrance of you. I shall pray for you and your family as well as your extended family in Fond du lac. God Bless.

    Brother Art

  9. Congratulations Ken, I appreciate you very much and know you will serve our district well my prayers are with, Pastor Duane Jass

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