—Ten years after founding and pastoring the Hispanic congregation,
Marcos Witt ends this stage of his ministry with deep appreciation.
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HOUSTON, TX. (September 16, 2012) – This past Sunday, pastor Marcos Witt announced his resignation to Lakewood Church. Accompanied by his wife Miriam and Pastors Joel Osteen and Danilo Montero, Marcos Witt said goodbye to the congregation he founded, with the following words:
"Today, Sunday September 16, 2012, marks ten years since Miriam and I celebrated a commitment to Pastor Joel Osteen to found and lead the Hispanic congregation of Lakewood Church. It has been an honor for our family to be part of this congregation over the past decade. Today, this period ends and a new one begins for the Witt family. We have given our final resignation to Pastor Joel, and we know that God will take care of this beautiful church and our family.
"We feel happy of being part of this historic event and we keep this beautiful experience with deep gratitude in our hearts, gratitude to God for calling us to His ministry; gratitude to Pastor Joel Osteen and Lakewood’s entire staff for allowing us to not only be a part of your vision, but also be their representatives to the Hispanic world; gratitude for allowing us to embrace the Latino community in a practical and genuine way; gratitude to our beautiful congregation for allowing us the privilege of being their pastors through these 10 years; gratitude to our team of pastors, with whom we always worked cheerfully in the building of this wonderful congregation; gratitude to Pastor Danilo Montero and his wife Gloriana, for listening from God that their place of ministry was here among us. Since his arrival several years ago, I declared my intention to appoint Pastor Danilo my successor at the end of our ten-year commitment. Today marks the completion that part of the plan of God for this congregation.
“When Miriam and I made this commitment for ten years, we thought September 16, 2012 was a long way off. Now that it is fulfilled, we feel that it all happened too fast. However, we're proud of all that God did here. We're happy for the privilege of having passed through these doors. We're pleased to have fulfilled our task with dedication and excellence. We leave with each one of you in our hearts."
Meanwhile, Miriam Witt said goodbye to the congregation with these words:
"What a joy to be here to celebrate ten years of Lakewood Church. We feel a deep gratitude to the Lord for participating in His Kingdom as leaders in this local church. We have enjoyed working with a great team to love, share and encourage your people. Seeing people giving their lives every Sunday to the Lord motivated us to give the best of our lives with all our love. We continue to pray for you and ask you all to do the same for us.
"Thanks to pastors Joel and Victoria for allowing us to collaborate with the vision of Lakewood Church. We believe in the message of hope and love they give. We encourage the whole congregation to remain faithful to that vision. Remember the words of 2 Samuel 22:2:
‘And he said, The LORD is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer’.
"And also 1 Peter 2:4-8:
‘Come to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock that makes them fall, because stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed’."
Marcos Witt concluded, saying "We ask you to still keep us in your prayers in this new stage of our life. We have set ourselves the goal of having ministerial and personal sabbatical after 31 non-stop years in ministry. During this sabbatical, we will continue to seek God’s will to know what His plans are for us. We are confident that He will lead us along paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, as He has always done.
"We bless you with affection and love. Thank you very much for being such a blessing and inspiration to our lives and family.
"To God be the Glory!"
With those words, Pastors Marcos and Miriam Witt said goodbye to the congregation they pastored for 10 years.
Pastor Danilo Montero has served as interim pastor for more than two months, while Marcos Witt prepared his sabbatical, which officially began at the end of his "25 Conmemorativo" tour, last week. Today, with this announcement, pastor Danilo Montero has been permanently installed as pastor of the Hispanic congregation of Lakewood Church.
Marcos Witt has been active in ministry for over 31 years. Last year he began to experience major health challenges and since then he has been under medical care and was urged to take a break from the busy, uninterrupted schedule he has kept for so long. Marcos and Miriam decided to take that advice and rest for a space of three months, before starting any new project.
Marcos Witt has always pioneered new visions. He founded CanZion Producciones in 1987. In 1994 he founded the CanZion Institute and in 2000 he founded Lidere. In 2002 he also founded the Hispanic congregation of Lakewood. Marcos has always kept a working philosophy of building leadership teams for every vision to continue in his absence. On more than one occasion he has said: "The task of every visionary is to be left without work." Today, Marcos has again proven his commitment to the philosophy that governs his leadership style.